15 Extremely Rare Photos From WW2

Most of the time we see the same old images from key points in history. Check out these pictures taken in mostly unknown moments that provide a dramatic peek into our storied past.

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1   Those are piles of cash! After the collapse of the German economy in the post World War I era, the value of the Weimar Republic monetary system was so low citizens had to carry their cash in wheelbarrows. The Nazis insisted they would repair the economy and save the German people from Western domination. World War II ensued.

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2  Remember all the German who said they never realized what happened in their country during the Nazi regime? This 1934 picture of a political rally questions those statements.  Hundreds of thousands in this crowd ran to support Hitler and his Arian supremacy platform.

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3  Mad scientists are always locked in their dungeon laboratories, right? A member of the Jewish community, Albert Einstein immigrated to America in the 1930’s to escape persecution from the growing Nazi threat.  Instead of locking himself up with his work, he would enjoy a good beach day like anyone else during the World War II era.

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4  Joseph Stalin was the architect of modern communism in the Soviet Union and the leading force on the Eastern Front through World War II, wasn’t he? Perhaps he wasn’t such a serious fellow, after all.

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5  When you are the head of state in a country uin a period of international conflict, it’s wise to have a body double. Check out Joseph Stalin’s stand-in used for public appearances in areas under direct conflict during World War II.  It makes you wonder if President Roosevelt had one, too.

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6  Chemical warfare has been used for well over a hundred years. During the invasion of Shanghai, these Japanese naval landing forces wore protective gear to prevent poisoning from gas.

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7  You run out of little things like matches during war. These German soldiers light their cigarettes with their flamethower during WWII.

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8  What’s good for the goose…German POWs are seen crammed into a prison camp enclosure just before the end of the war. Some might call it inhuman.

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9   Just an ordinary girl… Simone Segouin was 18 years old when she joined the French Resistance during World War II, learned to fire a rifle, and fought for the lives of her fellow countrymen. She set quite the example for the feminist movement some thirty years in the future.

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10   The devastation was total: While the Nazis killed millions of Jews during World War II, their historic cities were laid waste through the extended conflict with the Allies. Little remained of Dresden after bombings and citywide fires.

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11  Even before the formal declaration of war, the Nazi’s were waging war on the Jewish population, segregating them through labeling public places for their use, to prevent contamination of the Nazi people.  In 1938,  this woman hides her face as she sits on a bench “Only for Jews.”

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12  Hitler adored the pomp and circumstance of great civilizations.  He worked to incorporate iconic symbols from the Roman Empire and brilliant color to impress his devoted members of the Nazi party.

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13  After the Eastern Front turned the tide against Germany, fleeing Nazis would pose dead Soviet soldiers to intimidate those that pursued them through the frozen wastes.

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14  There was no celebration, only tears, when the Nazis occupied France in the late 1930’s. This man cannot suppress his fear and sadness as the tanks rolled through his city.

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15   With the Allies bearing down on the Western Front, few supplies were spared for the Nazi soldiers on the Russian Front.  This battered German POW being escorted by a victorious Soviet soldier has little of his tattered uniform left.