WWII -In Pictures


The most destructive war in all of history, its exact cost in human lives is unknown, but casualties in World War II may have totaled over 60 million service personnel and civilians killed.

As the saying goes ‘ a picture paints a thousand words’ even though it may paint a thousand words it doesn’t always tell the whole story.

You will have seen some of the pictures below already and others may be new to you, either way they do tell a bit of the story of WWII.

A Frenchman weeps as German soldiers march into the French capital, Paris, on June 14, 1940, after the Allied armies had been driven back across France. What is even more powerful in this picture it shows in one shot the different sentiments. As he weeps the woman next to him applauds.


Cpl. Carlton Chapman…is a machine-gunner in an M-4 tank, attached to a Motor Transport unit near Nancy, France.


Pfc Angelo B. Reina, 391st Inf. Regt., guards a lonely Oahu beach position. Kahuku, Oahu. Rosenberg, Hawaii, March 1945.


Standing in the grassy sod bordering row upon row of white crosses in an American cemetery, two dungaree-clad Coast Guardsmen pay silent homage to the memory of a fellow Coast Guardsman who lost his life in action in the Ryukyu Islands. Benrud, ca. 1945.


German troops parade through Warsaw, Poland


The tragedy of this Sudeten woman, unable to conceal her misery as she dutifully salutes the triumphant Hitler, is the tragedy of the silent millions who have been `won over’ to Hitlerism by the ‘everlasting use’ of ruthless force.


Two bewildered old ladies stand amid the leveled ruins of the almshouse which was Home; until Jerry dropped his bombs. Total war knows no bounds. Almshouse bombed Feb. 10, Newbury, Berks., England.” Naccarata, February 11, 1943


Canadian Infantry of the Regiment de Maisonneuve, moving through Holten to Rijssen, Netherlands. Lt. D. Guravitch, April 9, 1945


Captured Japanese photograph taken during the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. In the distance, the smoke rises from Hickam Field


This picture, captured from the Japanese, shows American prisoners using improvised litters to carry those of their comrades who, from the lack of food or water on the march from Bataan, fell along the road.” Philippines, May 1942.


This victim of Nazi inhumanity still rests in the position in which he died, attempting to rise and escape his horrible death. He was one of 150 prisoners savagely burned to death by Nazi SS troops.


A German girl is overcome as she walks past the exhumed bodies of some of the 800 slave workers murdered by SS guards near Namering, Germany, and laid here so that townspeople may view the work of their Nazi leaders.


The German ultimatum ordering the Dutch commander of Rotterdam to cease fire was delivered to him at 10:30 a.m. on May 14, 1940. At 1:22 p.m., German bombers set the whole inner city of Rotterdam ablaze, killing 30,000 of its inhabitants.”* Aerial view of the ruins of Rotterdam.



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  1. Hi Dirk,
    I am passionate about history and enjoy your site very much. I would respectfully like to correct the caption on one of your photos in this article. If you look closely at the photo you can see that those carrying the litters are wearing face masks to lessen the smell of the dead. My father was a Bataan death march survivor and has also confirmed that this photo has been mislabelled for many years. My dad was one of those saved during the Great Raid on Cabanatuan in January 1945. Many thanks for your website.
    Carolyn Cowan Mangler

    Bataan vet corrects 68-year-old caption on AP photo

    A photo thought to be of the Bataan Death March in 1942 is actually of an Allied POW burial detail.
    PUBLISHED: March 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm | UPDATED: May 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    NEW YORK — For 68 years, John E. Love has been haunted by the memory of carrying fallen WWII comrades to a mass grave in a Philippine rice field. Now, at last, a bit of history is being rewritten because of those memories.
    After six months of research, The Associated Press this week is correcting the caption on one of the most famous photos in its library, 65 years after the image was first published.
    The image of men walking down a dirt road, bearing bodies in blankets hung from bamboo poles, was believed to show the Bataan Death March. But Love, a native of Albuquerque who fought to defend Bataan as a 19-year-old Army corporal, knew the truth.

    “That picture is not of the Death March,” Love, now 87, told the Albuquerque Journal after seeing the photo in a story on Bataan survivors. “The Japanese would not have tolerated a bunch of slow-marching guys carrying their own dead.”

    AP archivists confirmed Love’s account of the burial detail at a prisoner-of-war camp in the weeks that followed the Death March.


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