17 Astonishing World War II Photos That Will Have You Reaching For Your Textbook

WWII, a war that not only aided in shaping what history would forever be known for but a war that was known as one of the bloodiest and deadliest war ever to be fought. The following is a brief description of some images that were captured during the events such as D-Day and the bombing of Hiroshima that all took place between 1939 – 1945.

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D-Day Arrival; June 6, 1944

Troops, led by General Dwight Eisenhower, storm Belgium and France and invade the cities. This is an astonishing picture because it not only tells a story of just how many soldiers fought without providing statistics but told of the soldiers determination to fight.

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Egyptian Pyramids; 1943

This picture of a plane flying solo over the Egyptian pyramids is photographic proof that allies and enemies were drawn to the fight of their lives from every corner of the world (near and far). This picture is one that not only sheds a shred of light on various WWII events but shows that there was multiple involvement in the war.

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Paratroop Ascension; September 1944

Since the war’s beginning troops came in by land, air, and sea. While this picture definitely does a good job of providing insight in regards to soldiers return to war this type of occurrence happened everyday.

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Rapid Fire: France July 1944

Everyday occurrences, much like continual gunfire, was normal and this picture takes a peak into just that. In an effort to survive the brutality of the war’s unforgiving blows and catastrophic death tolls soldiers were left no choice but to keep pace by firing shots every second of the day.

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Torturing Noise

This picture provides a good depiction of what soldiers faced on a daily basis; continual ear shrilling gunfire not to mention all the bombs that went off and could be heard near and far. This picture is astonishing because of the way many of the soldiers ended up returning home in terms of mental health disorders.

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Dropping Bombs; Germany, 1943

Although just a sample of what many of the territories looked like from an overhead view, this picture depicts an overhead view of what was happening on German lands as enemy plans dropped bombs on everything that was known and loved by the German citizens. This picture is simply amazing because it tells a mere fraction of WWII’s story.

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St. Goar Crossing; 1945

This picture is important in the telling of the story of WWII in that it depicts just a fraction of what soldiers were required to do in an effort to survive the numerous amounts of attacks. The picture is of several soldiers ducking down low, hiding from what is presumed to be enemy soldiers storming their way.

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Staying Alert; Iwo Jima, Feb. 1945

Soldiers on the front-lines had to be continually alert in order to stay alive and unharmed and although more times than not this did not bode well for those who sacrificed their lives staying down low and getting enough of a view to ward off enemy attacks is what had to be done. This picture depicts just that as a soldier lies in wait ready to fire at will.

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Trouble, trouble, trouble; Germany April 1945

As the war was finally nearing the end nobody was out of harm’s path just yet. With tensions still simmering to a boiling point soldiers would still find trouble at every turn. This picture depicts soldiers running towards what appears to be a massive explosion.

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American Pride; Iwo Jima 1945

After the battle of Iwo Jima was fought and won four soldiers, all bloody, beaten struggled to prop an American flag at the top of a hillside signifying not only an American victory but the band of brotherhood united. A commemorative statue of this very scene now stands proudly in our nation’s capital.

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Japanese Attack by Air; 1945

Although a single bomber is only shown in this picture it is significant in that it tells a portion of the story and provides further insight as to what the rocket attack of Okinawa was. This picture shows rockets flying in from above as they head straight for the presumed projected target.

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Anti-aircraft Display; 1945

Although this picture is a bit open as to what really occurred in the exact moment depicted one thought is that the image is telling a tale of how soldiers were able to shoot down enemy planes. The picture depicts that there was so much gunfire that it created an illuminate display close to what can be witnessed at a July 4th celebration.

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Death Valley Survival; 1945

Although only one soldier is shown attempting to survive in an open terrain where there was very little cover to hide from the shower of gunfire from above. This was the case for many a soldier who was left to survive in open wilderness as shots rained down from the open air as enemy planes flew overhead.

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Attack by Sea; Tokyo Feb. 1945

While the war by way of land and air was in full thrust the war by sea was just as unforgiving. It is depicted in this photo that soldiers were left to defend all areas where war took place. This photo shows a group effort to shoot down enemy attacks with the use of shells shot from the big guns.

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Enemy Fire from Above; Japan 1945

This photo depicts an all out air attack by American forces over the land of Japan. As presumed by the amount of bombs falling from the sky in this photo there was a lot of destruction caused by this attack alone.