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Historical photographs from World War II (59 pictures)

A gallery of some of the greatest pictures made during World War II, a global conflict that resulted in more deaths than any other war.


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German SS soldiers

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A french citizen cries as German soldiers march in Paris durin the French Occupation

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Bombing of Reims Cathedral

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Buna Beach, New Guinea February 1943. The first picture of American Casualties to ever be shown in the newspaper back in the States.

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Japanese Zero shot down

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Pearl Harbor

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Norma Jeane Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe

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Norma Jeane Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe

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Pilot sits on a Curtiss p-40

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RAF Pilot gets a haircut

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Barmaley Fountain, battle of Stalingrad

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Hitler during Wartime

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Fascist headquarters in Italy

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Himmler meets a soviet prisoner

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The battle of Britain

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Shell shocked reindeer

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Troop movements

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Chinese soldier guarding P-40 Warhawk fighters of the AVG 'Flying Tigers', China, circa 1942

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Naval Action

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Cloud over Hiroshima...

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German Soldiers salute a Swiss Guard.

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Ike addressing the troops

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WW2 in color

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WW2 in color

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Hitler and officers in Paris

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WW2 Bombs falling

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Boeing B-29 Superfortress

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Bombing

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American Female plant worker

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WW2 bombs over Japan

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American bombers

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U.S. Aircraft carrier

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Dresden post bombing

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Special Air Service troops. With their Vickers guns.

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WW2 Naval

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WW2 Victory

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Japanese surrender

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Geobbels in Geneva

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Invasion of Iwo Jima

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Soviet Woman Hero

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Hitlers Bunker post invasion

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Goering's "mugshot"

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Soviet victory

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Soviet flag over Berlin

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Negative of that iconic victory shot, Iwo Jima

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Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

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Nagasaki

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Hiroshima post bombing

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Douglas MacArthur signs formal surrender of Japan, 1945

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V-J Day in Times Square

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WW2 Victory

World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposingmilitary alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million people, from over 30 different countries, serving in military units. In a state of “total war”, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history. [source]