The brave face of WWII

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Despite all the death and the destruction during WWII and the uncertainty of what the future would hold, so many people were still putting up a brave face and continued their daily lives as best as they could.Or defy the enemy even after being captured.

The picture above was taken after a German bombing raid during the London Blitz, a British woman remains consummately British. She is seen here drinking tea on a pile of rubble. The photo was taken in 1940.

Two American soldiers having a moment of levity during WWII. It’s an odd, but humorous picture.They could still crack jokes

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Coca-Cola was popular in America before World War II broke out.

This bottling plant was built in Saipan to supply American troops with Coke in the Pacific theatre.

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Heinrich Himmler looks at a young Soviet prisoner of war during an official visit to Shirokaya Street Concentration Camp in Minsk, Belarus, on or about August 15, 1941. You had to be a hard man to look Himmler in the face like that. This is standing for what’s right, this is a single man who, after losing so much, stands up and stares Himmler himself. This image is defiance.

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Abandoned boy holding a stuffed animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London, 1945.The boy did in fact survive the war and became a truck driver. In the photo he’s sitting outside where his house used to be.

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With the German invasion of France, many French citizens fled the country.These French refugees are seen encamped in a quarry.

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A soldier sits for a meal before the Battle of Normandy. He’s sitting on a stockpile of shells.The photo was taken in May of 1944, in England.he appears to be in a good mood.

 

A warden gives directions to a mother and her two children during a World War II gas drill in Southend on Marcy 29, 1941.

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A warden gives directions to a mother and her two children during a World War II gas drill in Southend on Marcy 29, 1941.

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Rare glimpse of daily life at Canadian WWII Internment camp for Japanese.

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This photo shows how blackout curtains fitted behind ordinary curtains. The girl in this 1943 photo was Doreen Buckner, then aged 7.

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British artist Albert Perry at work with some of his pupils during their daily one hour gas mask practice, August 19, 1941

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Dancer Ena Squire-Brown leaves her bombed home on the day of her wedding
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Police escort women and children past a bombsite
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