Two soldiers from the 5th Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment pose by a gun at Fort Macaulay - Esquimalt, Canada. August 4, 1914.
Cleaning and maintaining the weapon is a good way to say alive and kill the enemy. This was the first thing SS soldiers had to learn how to strip, clean and reassemble their weapons. Here, two Dutch soldiers from 23. SS-Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Division Nederland (niederländische Nr 1) cleans the MG 42 machine gun and the Lafette 42 tripod before going out in battle. Spring of 1944, Narva.
World War II. German soldiers on the Place de la Concorde in Paris (France). Ca. 1941. © adoc-photos/Corbis