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WWII photos

World War II was the bloodiest war in history. More than 30 countries got involved and more than 50 million human lives were lost. On September 1, 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland with some one million troops on the commands of Adolf Hitler. Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Soon after, the whole world was at war once more. Many brave photographers were there, at the key events of the war to capture them.

Here are some of the most famous photos From WWII:

Women in the Workforce


Once the United States joined the war, men were fighting on the front by the millions. Many jobs became vacant and factories were in danger. The women stepped in to fill the positions that were once seen as jobs for men. This photograph was taken by photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. She is one of the first four photographers that Life Magazine hired during the war.

USS Arizona

The USS Arizona sinks

The moment that the superstructure of the sunken battleship USS Arizona burns after the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Today there is a memorial dedicated to the crew of the emblematic ship.

 Troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment

 Troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment

On June 6, 1944 the US troops stormed Omaha beach. This was one of the bloodiest days of the war. On this photo we see American soldiers who are waiting for evacuation to a field hospital for further medical treatment at Collville-sur-Mer, Normandy.

The Ghettos in Warsaw


When Hitler invaded Poland, his troops gathered 400,000 Jewish Poles in the city center in Warsaw. Additionally, they confined them within a square mile of the capital. Soon after the Warsaw Ghettos were formed. In April 1943, residents of the Warsaw ghetto staged a revolt to prevent deportation to extermination camps. This photo was found in SS General Stroop titled, “The Jewish Quarter of Warsaw is No More!”

Taxis to Hell- and Back- Into the Jaws of Death


Another photo from the Omaha beach. The original caption on this photo wrote:

“American invaders spring from the ramp of a Coast Guard-manned landing barge to wade those last perilous yards to the beach of Normandy. Enemy fire will cut some of them down. Their ‘taxi’ will pull itself off the sands and dash back to a Coast Guard-manned transport for more passengers.”

German Troops at the the Arc de Triomphe

Paris, Champs Elysée: Die Wache zieht auf.

This photo is from June 1940. By then German troops had already arrived in Paris-France. This particular photo of German soldiers parading in front of the Arc de Triomphe, is a clear sign that Hitler had taken full control of the French capital by then.

A Warning of Malaria

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Any soldier whose station was in the South Pacific, had to have his anti-malaria vaccination and medicines. The soldiers were reminded of this and of the consequences from the horrible disease in all possible ways. This sign stood at the 363rd Station Hospital in Papua New Guinea.

Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima

Joe Rosenthal

The victims from the battle of Iwo Jiwa counted around 20.000 for each side. Nearly 20.000 U.S troops more left injured. The raising of the flag at Iwo Jiwa celebrated a small victory for American soldiers. Joe Rosenthal took the picture, five days into the battle and now it is one of the most popular photos of WWII

NY Times Square -The Kiss

Victor Jorgensen

Did you know that there are many different versions of this photo? Different photographers made different photos of this moment when American soldiers returned home and the celebrations on August 14, 1945. Victor Jorgensen took this particular one.

Happy Easter Adolph

Happy Easter Adolph

Easter morning finds Technician Fifth Grade (T/5) William E. Thomas and Private First Class (PFC) Joseph Jackson preparing a special Easter egg basket for Hitler, March 1945.

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