White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
A white supremacist militia member stands in front of clergy counter protesting during the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (Picture: Reuters)

Looking like they were ready for war, heavily-armed white supremacists were filmed marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, just hours before violent clashes turned deadly.

Wearing their finest camouflage, the militia group was seen carrying assault rifles, helmets and knives ahead of the ‘Unite the Right’ march on Saturday.

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One was seen wearing a bandolier of shotgun shells, with others adorning their vests with Confederate flag patches – marking their support for the pro-slavery side of the US civil war.

In a different video, white nationalists were seen carrying flags and chanting ‘blood and soil’ – a racist phrase made popular by the Nazis.

While the scenes are worrying enough alone, they came just hours before a car rammed into a group of protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others.

White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
White supremacists armed with guns in Charlottesville (Picture: Reuters)
White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
A white supremacist militia member has an egg on his body armor during the rally (Picture: Reuters)
White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
The clashes in Charlottesville have been escalating to terrifying levels (Picture: Reuters)

Disturbing video footage shows a grey Dodge Challenger accelerate into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters who are hurled into the air before the car reverses at speed.

The alleged driver of the car, James Fields, 20, from Ohio, was caught by police a few streets away and charged with second-degree murder.

White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters (Picture: Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)
White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
The Dodge Challenger reverses at speed after driving into a group of protesters (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)
White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
Heather Heyer was killed when the Dodge Challenger mowed into a crowd of protesters (Picture: Facebook)
White supremacist militia seen patrolling Charlottesville rally with assault rifles
Suspect James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly drove the car into a crowd (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal with Miller Law Group in Charlottesville, was identified as the woman killed in the crash.

The bloody carnage came after hours of tense stand-offs between the anti-fascist protesters and far-right nationalists.

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The clashes stemmed from plans to remove a statue of Robert E Lee in in Charlottesville, Virginia – a Confederate general who led pro-slavery forces during the American civil war.

Charlottesville Police Department say an additional 15 people were wounded in other violence related to the march.

The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, said his only message for the white supremacists and neo-Nazis that brought chaos to Charlottesville is to ‘go home’.

He added: ‘You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but patriots.’