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Britain’s Blenheim bombers skim over this Libyan spot littered with the wreckage of German planes downed by RAF assaults
King George VI of England in an American “Peep” car during royal visit to U.S. troops in Northern Ireland. The driver of the car is Lt. Russell F. Mann of Oxford, Iowa.
Rescue workers carry an aged man from the wreckage of one the houses struck by bombs, declared to be German, in the first air raid on Dublin
Women war workers are pouring tea for the U.S. soldiers as they land at a North of Ireland port
Typical of the sturdy soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force landed in Northern Ireland, these doughboys enjoy a hot snack upon their arrival
Britain’s soldier-king, who created war decorations for civilians this week. He takes a sight on a bren (anti-aircraft) gun.
In Eastern China, refugee trains carrying civilians from the Eastern Front are packed with human cargo. Even on the very front of the engine, a family looks cheerfully on.
Manchurian warships, seized when Japan captured Manchuria from China. The ships are on maneuvers at the junction of the Sungari and Amur Rivers between Manchuria and Siberia
These grim-faced Soviet Far Eastern Army soldiers are typical of the troops facing the Japanese at the Manchurian border
Photo from a British warplane during assault of Tobruk shows Italian cruiser San Giorgio, burning amidships, in Tobruk Harbor
Sino-Japanese Conflict: Japanese field battery on Shanghai front, and a building in Shanghai set on fire by Japanese shells
One of the first pictures permitted inside one of the large machine shops in the British naval repair base at Singapore. A Chinese machinist works a lathe.
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek inspects ruins of Chungking after heavy bombing raid by Japanese. Other people are members of the Chinese Air Raid Relief Committee.
Brig-General Claire L. Chennault, commander of the famed “Flying Tigers”, chats with Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek at Kunming, China
Chungking bombing: People stand by with white masks as a child lays on a stretcher in a ravine
The Yangtze River’s flood waters have given the Japanese advance on Hankow a serious setback. Troops advancing in mud and water near the village of Matang.
As a train pauses, children scoop out the hot ashes from beneath the engine. They will use the ashes for heating.
Japan’s navy throws spray, their ships aiming at activity in waters off the China coast
Japanese Lieutenant Nakamura, found guilty of beheading an Indian soldier in the Palau Islands, is escorted to scaffold (right) and a noose is placed around his neck (left), Singapore
A U.S. Coast Guard LCI, heavily listing to port, moves alongside a transport ship to evacuate her troops, during the first day of the Normandy invasion
Some of the 38,000 Italian prisoners taken in the capture of Bardia, Libya, tramp across the desert on the way to prison camps
Lt. General Omar Bradley and Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk discuss progress of invasion as they cruise the French coast in an LCVP, English Channel
Dwight Eisenhower gives the order to 101st Airborne paratroopers at the Royal Air Force base in Greenham Common, England, before the men board their planes to the invasion of Europe
One year after American forces stormed the Normandy Beaches of France to open the Western Front in Europe, wrecked Allied planes lie in a scrap dump on Utah Beach
British dead on a Normandy beach. Above them, one of the enemy’s beach defense forts, which were silenced to allow the general advance to continue.
D-Day assault on Easy Red Beach. U.S. assault troops, laden with equipment, wade through the surf from landing craft.
When Americans started their drive in Western France, British aided by moving south in the Caumont area, where this picture of tanks and infantry was snapped
Soldier sits in front of piles of tires, Normandy, France
United States soldiers, rifles ready and alert for immediate action, wade through the surf onto a beachhead in France
Motor vehicles of the British Eighth Army stand half submerged and useless after heavy rains flooded the usually dry terrain of Libya
Omaha Beach during Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. Landing crafts put troops and supplies ashore.
Landing craft with American troops rides calm water in the English Channel, waiting for the assault on the French coast
“Ducks” (amphibious trucks) and a half-track follow foot troops ashore during opening of Allied invasion of France on a 100-mile front along the Normandy coast
Photo of shattered German defenses on a Normandy beach shows the strength and intricacy of the fortifications that Allied assault troops faced
Supplies pour onto Allied bridgeheads on the Normandy coast following engineers’ quick clean-up of the debris left by the bitter fighting on D-Day
Wounded American soldiers, some in litters and others sitting in the sand on the invasion beach of Normandy, await transportation to hospitals in Great Britain
Somewhere in Normandy, two tanks fire their bazookas at a German tank, with camera, recording the moment when the tank goes up in smoke and flame
Slapton Sands, Devon: American troops practice for D-Day landings with live ammunition, resulting in soldiers shooting each other
Allied forces believe this huge, unfinished construction project was intended by the Germans to launch pilotless rocket planes. It was captured by Allies in Normandy.
Nuns attend aged and ill French civilians in a quarry hospital after they were evacuated from the Caen, France hospital
Free French marines man gun at outpost in Libyan desert
German medics discuss a wounded comrade at an American forward dressing station, and American medical men prepare to give a German prisoner plasma, St. Lo, France
American infantry advance to the front during Allied invasion of Normandy. They keep within a white tape-marked lane cleared of enemy mines.
The Battle of Falaise Pocket is over. German prisoners march to reception centers on the rue Ecouché near Argentan, Normandy, France.
This was the scene at Dunkirk after repeated German attacks during the evacuation of Allied forces
The beach at Dunkirk, France, near the end of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the disastrous Flanders Pocket
Troops waiting on shore to board rescue ships in Dunkirk, France
Thousands of British and French troops massed on the beach of Channel port in Dunkirk, France, awaiting ships to return them to England
Soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force wade through shallow water to a rescue vessel that will take them back to England from Nazi-occupied Dunkirk, France
Sudeten Germans and Czechs clashed today. An armored railroad train plays an important part in Czechoslovakia’s border defense.
Sudeten Germans and Czechs clashed today. Czech soldiers firing from cover during recent exercises, Czechoslovakia.
Local woman and children look over the wreckage of their homes after an Axis air raid on Algiers
Child refugees from Sudetenland sitting in a barn near Labem Melnic, just within the new Czech frontier. They are awaiting transfer to the interior of Czechoslovakia.
These soldiers manning a “minnie-werfer”, are shown fighting an imaginary enemy on the Bohemian front, Czechoslovakia
Czech military planes in nappy formation, high above a city, Czechoslovakia
With general mobilization ordered, Prague prepared to defend herself against horse-drawn guns of the No. 1 regiment of artillery moving into position at Motol
Group of Czechoslovakian fliers standing at attention beside their planes
Czechoslovakian warriors stand behind their country’s purpose of remaining a democracy in the face of the rising tide of Fascism in Europe
Czech Army reservists are shown concealed in a stack of grain with their machine gun as they prepare for war
Scattered debris and scarred buildings mark Old Town Square in Prague, Czechoslovakia after the attempted liberation of the city by partisans
A Czechoslovakian policeman goes about routine duties, wearing a gas mask during drills intended to prepare the populace for war
Weeping Sudeten women at the German border
U.S. Army trucks are unloaded to augment the huge supply of material being used by Allied forces penetrating the last Axis positions in Northern Tunisia
Dense smoke rises from burning oil storage tanks in the Columbia Aquila refinery in Ploiesti, Romania, after bombing attack by American B-24 Liberators
German prisoners, part of the thousands captured as the Russian Balkan drive engulfed Romania, stand with mess kits in hand waiting for chow, Romania
Under the threat of Nazi guns, these defenseless Jews hold their hands high and line up against a wall during a round-up in Warsaw’s ghetto
Untouched by missiles that laid waste to buildings surrounding it, the memorial column to King Sigismund III stands amid the ruins of Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland
Polish gunmen, Polish war scene
In Budapest, Hungary, Soviet troops attack a German defense position near a factory
Two Hungarian casualties lie in a snow-covered street after a border clash at Munkacs, between Hungarian and Czecho-Slovak soldiers
The Hungarian Army continues ready along the Romanian frontier. This Hungarian soldier wears a special gas mask to which a microphone is attached.
These Belgrade residents were killed in the Palm Sunday bombing of the Yugoslav capital by German planes
This armed Serbian belongs to one of the toughest bands of guerilla fighters in the world—the death-defying Comitadji of Yugoslavia
An Algerian sits amid the rubble that a few hours before was his home. His head is bandaged because of an injury during a night air raid by Axis planes.
Yugoslav trap just an incident as German unit moves steadily ahead, somewhere in Serbia
Brief spell of fighting ends for these Yugoslav mountain men. Soldiers lay down arms in surrender.
In light of present unsettled conditions in Europe, Yugoslavia’s 1,700,000 trained men are being kept on the alert
Youngsters, former partisans who helped free their country from the Germans, now work enthusiastically rebuilding the liberated Dalmatian island of Vis
A German soldier directing traffic on an almost deserted street in Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital
Majdanek: the people of Lublin mourn before a great pit filled with the bodies of relatives and friends, brutally murdered by the Germans
Nazi infantrymen making cautious advance around street cars in the outskirts of Warsaw as the Germans began their siege of the city
These Polish troops sing as they move up to strengthen the western frontier during European tension
Guerrillas of the Polish Home Army plan an expedition with their commander. Members of Poland’s Ninth Infantry Regiment, these partisans operate behind German lines, Poland.
Marshal Henri Philippe Petain listens to Premier Edouard Daladier’s charge that he “betrayed his duties as a Frenchman,” during his trial for treason in Paris
Clouds of smoke billow from an Allied merchantman hit by Axis bombing in an Algerian harbor. Men fight flames as though there is no danger of exploding munitions and gasoline.
German soldiers march in a long line toward a prisoner cage. In the distance, British armored vehicles speed in pursuit of remnants of the German Seventh Army.
Certain parts of Paris were recently supplied with the first gas masks. A child with a mask fitted to his size.
This street in the Latin Quarter of Paris had been plunged in darkness a second previously, during a realistic air raid and gas attack
These statues in front of the Paris Opera are being shielded with scaffolding and sandbags as an air-raid precaution
Damage to a section of the Renault motor works in Paris after a bombing attack by the Royal Air Force
French gendarmes fall to the ground as American soldiers and French patriots try to dislodge German snipers who fired into crowd of Parisians
French troops approach Paris as they pass a Nazi tank, still burning after a direct hit
Delirious with joy over their liberation, cheering residents of Rennes walk through the streets to hail Yank troops as they pass by, Rennes, France
Parisians celebrate with GIs of the U.S. Fourth Infantry Division, who liberated Paris with the Free French Second Armored Division
Lt. General Jacob L. Devers, Sixth Army Group, gets a kiss from as Alsatian lassie during ceremonies inaugurating French military-civil rule of Belfort, France
The visit of French Premier Edouard Daladier to Gabes, Southern Tunisia, January 6 was marked by a display of armament
King George VI of England as he reviews French troops, during his six-day visit to Allied fighting forces on the Western Front, France
French soldiers recently freed from German prison camps wave greeting to Marshal Petain (center) upon their arrival in unoccupied Roanne, France
Lt. General Omar Bradley, Commanding General of U.S. Twelvth Army Group, talks with Nazi prisoner during his tour of prisoner of war points in Northern France
Snow-covered trees, almost out of place as a war scene because of their beauty, as French soldiers march to their positions at the front, France
With snow covering the ground, a unit of American infantry moves up to its position in the front line somewhere in France
Sentry of the Royal Air Force before a snow-covered tent in a snow-clad landscape in “sunny” France
French soldiers on the Western Front setting up barbed wire entanglements at spots where a raiding patrol might try a break-through, France
Waiting for the order to fire, this British big gun crew is in an emplacement camouflaged with net and foliage. Somewhere on the French border, France.
British soldiers marching through an unnamed French village on their way to the Western Front. Rain capes cover their packs and shoulders.
British soldier shares his food with Arabs at Giovanni Berta, as the British Eighth Army passes through in pursuit of Rommel’s Africa Corps
A British paratrooper shines Tunisian mud from his boots. An Arab watches the cleaning-up process near Beja. The sergeant is Frank Tucker, of Maidstone, Kent.
A nurse watches over a room full of wounded
Leaving their landing craft, American assault troops hit the soil of Southern France and dash inland to establish beachheads
Sergeant Vernon Pickrell of Los Angeles takes a drink of recaptured cognac after clearing out a German gun emplacement at the Cherbourg Aerodrome
411th Infantrymen of the U.S. Seventh Army take positions along a hedgerow by a railroad embankment in Alsace, France, as geese wander about unconcerned
British Tommies tramp across the mud of the Western Front, where the elements have caused a halt in large-scale military operations
The shattered Polish Army is reforming in France to fight the Germans with the Allied Forces. Here, Polish infantrymen train in France.
U.S. soldiers row themselves across the Mayenne River in France as they advance in pursuit of fleeing Germans in the drive toward Paris
American troops are about to enter light craft while others in midstream paddle their boat across the Seine River, France
Tearfully patting the rough, uneven ends of her shorn locks, Grande Guilotte has learned that collaboration with Nazis doesn’t pay
Three nurses recruited for the Free French Army services in New York City dress the wound of a French soldier near Écouché, France
American paratroopers in an oasis village in Tunisia try hard to make a friendly camel “beg”—and the docile animal does his best to oblige
Sisters of Mercy move up a road in Caen with baskets of food for bombed-out citizens of the town
American soldiers take time out to launder their clothes in the doorway of a captured Nazi pillbox at Cherbourg
A street in Compiegne, France, shelled by Germans in the advance on Paris, is cleared of wreckage
All that remains of St. Sauveur, France is a mass of rubble and fragments of buildings left standing after the Germans fled from the town
Camouflaged United States tanks pass through Coutances, France
Sheared off by a shell, the mammoth clock of the Cherbourg Railroad Station lies on a staircase, testimony to the force of the Allied bombardment
Frenchmen gaze at a street full of blasted, smoking German vehicles put out of commission by American forces in Troyes, France
Miles of shells under camouflage are most certainly undetectable from above seen somewhere in France
To prevent the Germans from possibly using the French fleet against England, the big guns of the British fleet were turned against the flower of the French Navy
American Army Air Force bombers left smoking ruins behind them when a group of Flying Fortresses sent their bomb loads down on the Axis port of Ferryville
Reconnaissance picture of the Nazi airfield and aircraft works at Villacoublay, near Paris, just four hours after a raid by Flying Fortresses
A Marauder bursts into flames while still over enemy-occupied territory while returning from an attack on a military objective in the Pas de Calais area
Bomb bursts are described by British sources as direct hits on the power station in Comines, occupied France
U.S. paratroopers of the Twelvth Air Force receive final instructions from their jumpmaster as a C-47 carries them to their drop zone in Southern France
King Leopold of Belgium placing a wreath on the tomb of Belgium’s unknown soldier in Brussels, in an Armistice Day observance before World War II
The end of Belgium’s resistance: sleeping on their gun caissons, troops retreat toward the Channel, shortly before King Leopold surrendered to the Germans
When a German bomb fell on the quayside at a Belgium port, this automobile was blown aboard a ship. Neither the car nor ship were greatly damaged.
A British machine gun post guarding the corner in an unnamed Belgian town
Grim-faced refugees stand on a street in La Gleize, Belgium. They are waiting to be transported from the town after its recapture by American forces.
Wrecked vehicles and guns and the debris of smashed buildings in a street in Manhay, Belgium. Americans finally wrested the town from German control.
A modern Florence Nightingale, wearing the uniform of an Allied medical corps, gives first aid to a wounded soldier inside a hospital plane as it flies over Tunisia
For the second time in a quarter of a century, this Belgian patriot survived the rigors of occupation by German troops
British Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder and Russian Field Marshal Georgy K. Zhukov sign unconditional surrender terms imposed upon the Germans in Berlin
Lt. General Friedrich Foertsch signs papers at Professor Thorak’s studio outside of Munich for unconditional surrender of German Army Group G to American forces
Germans leave after signing their surrender in May 1945
A crowd of German prisoners march to boats which carry them to England
Stoker T. W. Craine of the Royal Navy hoists the first Royal White Ensign to fly over Germany
Women workers at the Auer works, in Germany, making gas masks for civilians as well as soldiers
The burning wreckage in foreground is a British bomber that was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire at Calais, France
For three hours, the 53rd Regiment Royal Artillery shelled enemy positions across the Elbe. Distant shots and some men of the Eighth Battery on the guns.
RAF Bomber Command aircraft attacked Munich, completely destroying the Residenz---a complex used by the Nazis as a meeting place
600,000 dwellings were destroyed in Berlin by wartime bombing and street-to-street fighting
A severely starved person lays in hay. Eichmann Trial.
Only the street in front of the “Deutscher Verlag” newspaper building has been cleared of rubble
U.S. First Army infantrymen cross the wrecked railroad tracks at the station in Vettweiss, Germany during offensive
A British truck, bombed by German planes at night during British Second Army advance on Bremen, burns furiously as British troopers become visible in light of flames
Giant 240mm Howitzer crews stand by as a bugler sounds the “cease fire” on the Ninth Army Front, Germany
Salvage crews at work in Munich clearing up debris after Allied bomb raids
17th Airborne Division, U.S. Ninth Army, supported by British Sixth Guards Armored Brigade tanks, have German prisoners with their hands in the air, Munster, Germany
Soviet artillerymen fighting in the streets of Berlin
Red Army tanks and infantrymen advance along Berliner Straße, Berlin, Germany
U.S. Army troops plant the first American flag on the beachhead at Fedhala Harbor, French Morocco
Richthofen Squadron—named after the famous German World War I ace—shown demonstrating its efficiency near Berlin
Women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, first and foremost, have to operate as nurses. They themselves are exposed to the greatest dangers.
American pioneer groups are tossing through the submerged battlefield that separates them from the suburbs of Cologne after Julich was taken
A GI sleeping bag is demonstrated by Pvt. James M. Saul of Bristol, Tennessee. The picture was taken in Herzogenrath, Germany.
A statue of the composer Beethoven stands intact in his birth city of Bonn, Germany. It looks out over the wreckage of an air raid shelter.
With arms raised, German soldiers surrender to an American patrol in front of the famous cathedral in Cologne
When the Luftwaffe has to operate from new territory, air fields are built by labor battalions. These men are completing a runway, Germany.
Billeted in stalls of a stable, these British soldiers are awaiting a big German push
The German industrial city of Cologne after a 1,000-plane bombardment. The Cathedral shows no damage, but houses of the business district nearby are roofless.
Aerial view made from an RAF plane, showing some of the widespread damage made in a large-scale bombing raid on Cologne
These French officers and colonial soldiers are part of France’s armed forces of 100,000 men in Morocco
Soldiers clear away debris resulting from a British air raid on a town in Northern Germany
A circle marks the main assembly shop of the Heinkel Aircraft Factory, struck by the Royal Air Force in punishing raids on Rostock, Germany
PFC Harvey Matchees of Myton, Utah inspects the site outside the entrance to the bomb shelter of Reich Chancellery building in Berlin, shortly after World War II
Infantrymen of the U.S. First Army approach a cloud of smoke from burning building in Merzenich, Germany as they advance toward the front lines
The German Army Tank Corps was an impressive part of the Nuremberg Military Congress. Tanks pass review stand where Adolf Hitler watches.
Guide print to #PLA648737 is an aerial view of the Heinkel Factory in Rostock, Germany, a target of RAF raids. It shows the specific buildings damaged.
Bomb burst covers four main factories in Schweinfurt, Germany during raid on the ball and roller bearing producing center
British infantrymen and a motorized vehicle move forward to exploit bridgehead after crossing Rhine River to the east bank
The multiple crossings of the Rhine on 215-mile front made by Allied armies probably included scenes like these. Here a tank and other vehicles cross the river in Germany on a pontoon bridge.
Roman soldiers are using camels as artillery carriers over long, waterless terrain. The Askari, or Italian Colonial troops, are unloading field pieces from the camels.
Flying in tight formation, U.S. Eighth Air Force Flying Fortresses are an impressive sight as they speed toward industrial Schweinfurt, Germany
Five Europeans accused of collecting military information for a foreign power sit in a court, where the case is heard by a U.S. military commission
General Omar N. Bradley (center), Commanding General of the Twelvth Army Group, has his new fourth star pinned on him somewhere in Germany
German father watches his two children in their quarters in an unused mine. 1,700 Germans hid there in defiance of a Gestapo order to evacuate near Saarlautern.
A peaceful winter scene takes on a grim aspect with a tangle of barbed wire stretched by German Army Engineers encircling the edge of a forest. Somewhere on the Western Front in Germany.
King Boris III of Bulgaria (left) confers with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop at Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s mountain headquarters
Germany’s Navy to be built up to par with other powers
A street in the central part of Berlin is covered in smoke from fires started by incendiary bombs dropped by Allied planes
Greek troops parading in ceremonial uniforms. They are preparing to meet war, should it reach Southeastern Europe.
These Italian soldiers, shown near Aduwa, wouldn’t be advancing in such close ranks if the Ethiopians had airplanes or effective artillery and machine gun fire
German parachute troops descend on Heraklion Airfield in Candia during the initial German invasion of Crete
The airport in Maleme, where the Nazi invaders of Crete obtained a foothold early. German planes, identified as JU 52s, are on the ground.
A German troop-carrying plane, struck by machine gun fire, begins to burn in the air over Heraklion Airfield
Guns of a light Italian naval vessel fire during a sea battle off Crete
Modern Turkey is proud of its women. These Turkish Girl Scouts, hardy and healthy, will be valuable for behind-the-lines work in the event of war.
Alive to the dangers surrounding it, neutral Turkey is busy training its eligible youth for military service. Photo shows cadet artillery officers in field training.
This fortress, manned by Albanian soldiers, is in the Kruja Mountains, 15 miles north of Tirana. This photo was taken before the Italian occupation of Albania.
Turkish troops are undergoing intensive maneuvers near the Bulgarian frontier in Eastern Thrace. Turkish troops advancing to the attack.
Turkish soldiers crossing the Bosphorus from the Asiatic side to the European side of Turkey recently. They were bound for the Turkish Bulgarian border.
The destroyer Kocatepe (above) and the cruiser Yavuz (below) in maneuvers, as Turkey responds to reports of Russian troop movements in the Caucasus
British landing barges are beached west of Oran to discharge American troops and equipment for occupation of North Africa
General George S. Patton, Jr. lies buried under a plain white cross in the U.S. military cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg
Netherlands troops on guard at an anti-tank defense stretched across the road
United States Army Air Force Flying Fortresses dropping bombs over the shipyards at Rotterdam
Dutch sources say this is a German plane forced down by the Dutch for entering neutral area. Plane in the air is the Dutch Coast Guard.
Members of the Holland Voluntary Air Defense in Amsterdam poke through ruins of bomb-wrecked buildings in search of bodies after a Nazi attack
Members of an antiaircraft gun crew of the Dutch Army pause for lunch during recent maneuvers in Amsterdam
British bombers on a continental raid arrive over the enemy-occupied Dutch coast amid the glare of searchlights
German prisoners walk to a guard house near Zon. Pvt. Eric Holfnacker (left) of New York keeps the captives moving, Stad van de Zon, Netherlands.
Crowds holding copies of the Times Herald celebrate Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A jubilant crowd celebrates victory over Japan in Oak Ridge, Tennessee’s Jackson Square
Heavy guns of a British warship pour shells into the harbor works, important Axis supply base in the Western Desert, Libya
Americans, British, and French Arabs all watch the developments concerning Italy’s surrender with intense interest in North Africa. The group is around a news board.
This was the happy scene in Louisville, Kentucky on August 14, 1945 when President Truman announced the surrender of Japan
Pandemonium broke out on Market Street this morning as service men turned over an automobile that got into the crowd of celebrants
The New York Garment Center showered down confetti and ticker tape when news flashed this morning that the Japanese want out
Thousands jammed New York's Times Square after President Harry Truman announced Japan's unconditional surrender
Celebration in Times Square on May 7, 1945 after the announcement of Germany’s surrender
More than 100 veterans—pictured after being "Eighty Fived” out of the Army today at Camp Beale, California
Facing towards the White House, this photo shows the crowd that gathered on hearing of the Fall of Japan. The group behind the fence is President Truman and his staff.
Military police struggle to hold back the crowds that besieged the fences in front of the White House after President Truman announced the surrender of Japan
DeWitt Mackenzie, Wide World war analyst, arrived at his New York office and found this sign over his desk
Muriel Bearer takes a bite while packing “rookie cookies” that Schenley Post No. 1190 of the American Legion is sending to draftees at army camps, New York
With each man allotted but a few minutes of twirling, the lads dance at this party for American soldiers on their first visit to a North African town
This poster of a machine gunner in a bomber cockpit with the slogan “Don’t let him down” is the fourth in a series being sent to defense plants by the OEM
Twin 3-inch anti-aircraft guns mounted on the deck of the British liner Mauretania. The ship slipped into New York Harbor 24 hours ahead of schedule.
Anti-aircraft gun crew practicing an “alert” along New York City waterfront
The naval clothing depot in New York, as several hundred civilian naval employees tried out a new type of gas mask
Public Works Commissioner Irving Huie, right, during inspection of the new air raid siren tested in New York today
Edith Rogers Dahl, wife of Harold E. Dahl, a flier held prisoner in Spain, after receiving word that her husband has been released
Geraldine Presler cradles a gas mask—made almost 100 percent by women in the Firestone Rubber and Latex Product Company in Fall River, Massachusetts
Boys from the 4th - 7th grades at McDonogh No. 28 School lugged in over 25,000 pounds of old paper in the war aid campaign
After floating a “live” mine over the rocky shore without disaster, a block and tackle is brought out to bring the “fish” ashore for destruction, Canada
Colonel Carl A. Loeb, head of the Salvage Depot, examines a rack of repaired shoes in the High Shoe Shop at Fort Dix, New Jersey
Staff Sergeant Victor P. Fiabane and Colonel Carl A. Loeb, Head of the Salvage Depot, inspect repaired clothing, New Jersey
Private John Herman zips up the new-style jacket worn by Private Franklin Drastal. The new jackets are wind-resistant and water-repellent.
Balloon room workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, applying finishing touches to inflatable life rafts made by the company for the U.S. Navy
USS Guardfish, newest submarine constructed at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut as it took to the water during launching ceremonies
American workmen smile as they wheel in the big plane motors for an overhaul
Scrap salvage drive, New Orleans
Huge 4.7mm anti-aircraft guns are lined up in the final assembly area of the Grand Rapids stamping division of Fisher Body in Detroit
Employees of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. in Hicksville gather to celebrate their plant’s record-breaking achievement in production
Hot water boilers in a Los Angeles junk yard haven’t been converted into tanks and guns yet, but when they are, they’ll keep the Japanese in plenty of hot water
James Allen, Eighth Army driver, tilts his seven-inch span of mustache skyward. He claims to have the longest “soup-strainer” in the British Army.
This Japanese small arms and boat hardware store on Terminal Island, San Pedro, California was closed by the U.S. Customs Service on December 8, 1941
Japanese, German and Italian aliens in New York City leave a police wagon to board a ferry to Ellis Island, where they will be interned
Manzanar internment camp in Southern California
The terms of the Japanese surrender in his hand, President Truman is shown surrounded by his most important men
President Roosevelt presenting diplomas to the graduating class of the United States Naval Academy
Graduates of the Naval Academy toss their caps in the air at the end of the exercises in historic Dahlgren Hall
Volunteers jam Army recruiting station in Chicago. American youth responded to Japan’s attack by appearing in unprecedented numbers.
Clark Gable, idol of thousands of female movie-goers, was sworn in as a buck private in the Army in Los Angeles
Henry Fonda, 37-year-old movie star, sworn into the Navy as an apprentice seaman by Lt. L. D. Blanchard
Obeying the law, young men of the peaceful “plain people”, the Amish of Southern Pennsylvania, register for the draft. View in the firehouse at Intercourse, PA.
French North African soldiers at the Western Front are housed in specially-built straw huts such as they are accustomed to at home
More than 1000 Air Corps recruits at the Recruit Reception Center at Randolph Field, Texas
It wasn’t many hours after Japan attacked American bases in the Pacific that this crowd gathered around mobile units of the Army recruiting in downtown Washington
Repatriated American soldiers, former German prisoners, wave at the welcome sight of the New York City skyline when the M.S. Gripsholm docked at Jersey City
The first group of wounded to arrive home since V-E Day. These men are part of the 2,400 veterans from the battle of Germany who arrived at Camp Shanks, NY.
Private James T. Johnson rates an individual therapy session of listening to music at Walter Reed Hospital in the Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
The first funeral train of war heroes, met by an honor guard, arrived today from San Francisco at the Columbus, Ohio General Distribution Depot
Crew of U.S. mine planter General Schofield toss a 40-inch mine over the side in Hampton Roads, VA off Fort Monroe, during a demonstration of U.S. coast defense
Here cadets are getting practice making “rolling hitches” in seamanship class
On the Atlantic aboard a Coast Guard destroyer escort, Old Glory—wind frayed—flies day and night
This view of the British Liner Queen Mary as she put out to sea today was made from under a gun aboard her sister ship, the Lancastria, inbound from Liverpool
Mounted on white Arab chargers, Spahi cavalrymen are among the colonial troops stationed in North Africa
With its anchors hauled up, the heavy cruiser USS Bremerton slides down the ways at the New York Shipbuilding Corp.
The new cruiser USS Houston as she slides down the ways at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia
The cruiser Atlantic goes down the ways of the New York Shipbuilding Corp. at Camden after its christening
Here a boat is ready to be unrolled for inflation at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Soldiers waving their discharge papers at the Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania military post
Hauling a piece of artillery along the beach after the landing
A scene at Fort Benning, Georgia, where mechanized equipment of the U.S. Army was recently tested. Here is mass machine gun fire with tracer bullets.
A pretty picture in peace time, as U.S. Army light tanks use flares to light the way during an advance on enemy positions during maneuvers
Garters Battery, 7th Field Artillery, 1st Division, from Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, with camouflaged 75mm guns, operating near Disco, New York
Turbaned locals aid men of the American Expeditionary Force getting equipment ashore during the occupation of French North Africa
A giant ammonia storage sphere. Plants set up in wartime for military purposes have an output equal to Canada’s entire peacetime chemical production.
Putting cork insulation on the walls of a cold storage room in a plant that can hold 420 tons of foodstuff, Camp Shelby
Somewhere in Louisiana, troops manning anti-aircraft guns while repelling an airplane attack by the “enemy”
At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, parachutists and air landing troops of the Army Ground Forces’ Airborne Command get intensive training
The American high-precision bomb-sight is a well-guarded secret, so this cadet must undergo a positive identification before a truck takes him to his plane with it
Troops advance in a barrage of white phosphorus during a demonstration of chemical warfare at an eastern arsenal
A Marine in the target pit of the rifle range at Quantico, Virginia holds a marker over the circle on the target, signifying a bulls-eye to his buddy on the range
Uncle Sam’s soldiers really travel on their stomachs during war maneuvers along a sandy stretch of beach, California
Plowing through water with their rifles held ready, “raiders” pass through an archway, East Coast training center
Part of the line in the Ram tank factory, second largest arsenal for tank production in the world
A British gun crew under heavy enemy shell fire calmly load their gun for action on the Egyptian front, just outside of Matruh
US Army bayonet charge, taken at US Army show
Anti-aircraft guns blaze away on Governors Island during a “night attack” demonstrating the army’s defenses
Gas attack during a sham battle at Fort Dix
Sniper in tree: PFC Kenneth B. Squier
U.S. troops at Camp Blanding, Florida make night landing from “invasion craft,” during maneuvers on Kingsley Lake
Private 1st Class Jos. Autry leads off long parade of 30th Infantry trucks at 4:59am
Captain Ralph D. Steakley, looking from the window of “Tokyo Rose”, was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for piloting the first B-29 to ever visit Japan
Cadets move into “battle position” as smoke bombs simulate a gas attack, San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas
A young lieutenant at the U.S. Marine basic school hurls a Molotov cocktail at an obsolete Renault tank during practice
King George VI of England with General Montgomery. The meeting took place at battle headquarters after the King returned from a visit to Malta.
This soldier attached to an armored division takes a long swig from a canvas water container during maneuvers on a California desert
This tank is one of two pilot models the corporation built before all its tooling for mass production was completed
A masked sergeant issues orders to his masked fellows during a gas training drill
Clad in asbestos suits, the fire squad of the HMS Furious drill at wheeling their extinguishers on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier
Sniper of HQ detachment of the 32nd Infantry, 7th Division waits in a tree for enemy, during war games at Hunter-Liggett Military Reservation near King City, CA
Parachute rigger at the crucial stage of a free fall jump at the U.S. Naval Air Training Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Anti-aircraft guns speak on the range at Fernandina, Florida, as the 1st Battalion of the 207th Coast Artillery Regiment from Camp Stewart, Georgia practice
Gas-masked infantrymen charge through a cloud of smoke at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas
With skyscrapers of the Loop barely visible through a smoke screen, a tank and infantrymen advance on a machine gun nest in mock defense of Chicago’s lake front
More than a score of Allied bombs burst on a concentration of Nazi Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s motor transport units on the Western Desert, Egypt
Officers off duty in barracks, Canada
From foxholes dug along the edge of their encampment, U.S. soldiers stationed in Alaska scan the skies for Japanese raiders during an alert
Major W. Lutz Krigbaum (left), Director of the Limited Service School, talks with Faymond Poss, an infantile paralysis victim. Poss will soon be ready to fit into an Army niche.
At Camp McCoy, Sixth Service Command’s limited training school, men who could not meet full physical requirements are built up to active duty fitness
Double retreat ceremony at First Special Service Force HQ at Ft. William Henry Harrison, near Helena, Montana. U.S. and Canadian soldiers lower their respective flags.
A mechanized unit moves to the front in the largest peacetime war maneuvers ever staged by the U.S. Army in Upstate New York
Marine Private Orlen Silcox models a textured camouflage suit at Camp Elliott Training Center in San Diego, California
Through camouflage-covered trenches, pilots race for their planes in Hawaii
Making his way slowly at a depth of twenty feet, a diver examines an anti-torpedo net
Shell-made debris buries a street in Benghazi—as it buries Italy’s hopes of keeping her African Empire—as the British occupy the vital Libyan port
Italian prisoners in Middle East prisoner of war camps devote idle time to statuary, painting, and other fine arts. A statue of Italia is shown here, Cairo, Egypt.
Magda de Fontanges (also known as Madeleine Coraboeuf), self-styled sweetheart of Mussolini, is shown at her habeas corpus hearing
3,000 German prisoners of war who arrived in the U.S. today are waiting to be shipped to prison camps after being searched at the pier, New York
One of the barrage balloons along the Pacific Coast is raised by its crew “somewhere in California”
U.S. veterans of the European front crowd the decks of the USS General Stewart to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty
Private Bill Friml, son of composer Rudolph Friml, entertains barracks buddies on the piano while at basic training
An M-3, the Army’s newest and biggest tank, rolls across a dusty road at maneuvers test
U.S. troops line up on a pier at a U.S. embarkation port before sailing aboard a transport for “a battlefront”
Navy amphibian bulldozes over terrain that is otherwise inaccessible during tests. They are now in production at Graham-Paige Motor Corp. in Detroit.
“Ack ack” - night photo of anti-aircraft guns
The famous 15th Infantry Regiment en route to Fort Lewis, Washington. The troops line the rail of the transport Grant as it docked at Tacoma, Washington.
A New Zealand medical officer examines wounded German prisoners captured in the El Alamein area on the Egyptian battlefront
Yanks unload pipe from a C-47 transport plane onto a truck at an airfield in Burma, for construction of a line from India to the India-Burma-China Theater
This snappy-looking Malayan sailor is typical of the fighting forces making up the garrison of Singapore and the Malayan Peninsula
The assembly line in a railway shop, which is working overtime to mechanize India’s army, is shown turning out armored carriers
Recently, an average of over 50,000 young men have joined the Indian Army each month. Here, recruits undergo inspection as they enlist.
Here is one of the villages that has been settled by Indian workers near a U.S. Air Depot for the duration of its construction
War vessels are being repaired by Indian workers at a dock “somewhere in India”
Indian troops are among the British colonial forces in training to aid the Allied war cause. These Indian troops are on the march along a desert road.
British capture Meiktila Airfield Burma: By the shelter of a beached craft, a first aid station operates on British 14th Army bridgehead across the Irrawaddy River in Burma
This Indian woman, an Air Raid Precaution volunteer, carries her “victim” in preparation for such rescue work in case of air raids over Bombay, India
Indian factory hands head for shelter in slit-trenches during an air raid drill in Bombay
Egyptian troops on tank maneuvers in the desert near the Suez Canal, Egypt
Stripped to the waist under a tropical sun, an American mortar crew of the Mars Task Force pounds enemy troops, cutting off Japanese escape routes to Lashio, Burma
There was no military objective in this Burmese village, which was bombed unmercifully by the Japanese
Men of the 14th Army (6/7 Rajput Rifles) mopping up in Pyawbwe, 300 miles from Rangoon on the main Burma railway running south from Mandalay
Indians as they work to build the area necessary for the take-off of B-29 bombers, somewhere in India
Sisters M. Johnson of Tatanagar India, carries a person whose body attests to the starvation suffered by Andaman Islanders at the hands of the Japanese
Lord Louis Mountbatten being greeted by Brigadier General Kenneth B. Wolfe at a 20th Bomber Command base somewhere in India
Elephants go where machines cannot. They act as bulldozers in the Burma theater, where roads are luxuries.
A railway workshop that has been adapted to the production of munitions, showing the finish boring of shells
Indians from a front-line village take shelter during a battle in the Buthidaung-Maungdaw area as Japanese troops send mortar fire overhead, Arakan Front, Burma
In the protection of an artificial fog, Japanese Navy troops make a landing on Malacca coast, Strait of Malacca
Italian barracks reduced to rubble by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force at Sidi Barrani in northern Egypt
Life for the United States Army Air Force men in the Aleutians is not all warfare. This soldier is carrying a supply of tent pegs over the soggy ground.
Digging their toes into the ever-present mud of Amchitka Island in the Aleutians, U.S. soldiers haul an anti-aircraft gun into position
American soldiers of the Dutch Harbor garrison scamper into action fighting fires while Japanese bombs still come out of the sky
American Seventh Infantry Division approaching a landing area code-named Beach Red in the western arm of Holtz Bay, on Japanese-occupied Attu Island, Alaska
American soldiers and equipment are landed on the black volcanic beach at Massacre Bay on Attu Island, Alaska
American troops landed on Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska: landing boats are put over the side of transports and begin to move towards the beach
Serviceman wounded in Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor is carried from ship on arrival in Seattle, June
Civilians clearing the ruins of Eboli, Italy
The greatest invasion fleet in history—more than 2,000 vessels: Allied soldiers and supplies make their way to Sicily
The radar look-out on the Great Pyramid to guard Cairo Conference - talks between President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek
Labor corps of “Servizio Lavoro” marches through ruins in a street on the Italian Riviera to clear debris after the RAF bombing of Genoa
The populace of Canicatti, Sicily cheer advancing American troops after they took the town
Bomb bursts cover the ball-bearing manufacturing plant and marshalling yards at Turin, Italy after a raid by Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army 15th Air Force
Celebrating the 4th of July in Rome, the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on December 8, 1941 is raised by a U.S. color guard at the Piazza Venezia
Two German officials in civilian’s clothes get unconditional surrender offer from British Lt. General William D. Morgan at conference in Caserta, Italy
Lt. General William D. Morgan of the British Army signs surrender of German forces in Northern Italy and Western Austria, in the royal palace at Caserta, near Naples, Italy
Nurses participating in anti-gas exercises in Milan, Italy, as air raid precautions organizations perfect their efficiency
Residents of Bronte, southwest of Mt. Etna, return to their homes after the British take over
Eager Sicilian civilians reach for U.S. flags distributed from an American jeep somewhere on the North Coast of Sicily
Only a skeleton of this hangar at Littoria Airport, near Rome, remains after severe pin-point bombing by Allies
Hundreds of Polish troops at an unnamed port in Egypt, preparing to board a British Man O’ War for trip to Tobruk, Libya
Newsmen and police stand behind trunk containing the long-missing body of Benito Mussolini in a monastery at Pavia, Italy
Mussolini lifts his pick to break ground for construction of the new via Imperiale during celebrations of the 2,691st birthday of Rome
Near enemy-held Catania, a British battleship hurls shells at the Nazis in answer to a call from Army forces attempting to seize the city, Sicily
U.S. Army engineers tackle the problem of repairing a by-pass that has been flooded on the U.S. front in Italy
A clergyman balances precariously with other Florentines as they pick their way home across the Ponte Allegrozie
Fireman William J. Moran, Bronx, New York City, decides a boat returning from a Sicilian invasion is an ideal place for day-dreaming
A large oil and gas dump in Sicily was only empty cans when the Allies arrived. Before surrendering Roccopalunba, Axis armies set the fuel on fire.
Signorina Carmen Boni, a Roman beauty, persuaded Premier Mussolini to foxtrot with her at the National Fascist Ball
The rail yards at Foggia, Italy have been out of commission as marshaling yards ever since Yank Forts and Liberators delivered smashing blows
The Battle of El Alamein: the greatest artillery barrage of the Western Desert war signaled the opening of the battle
Execution at Fort Bravetta of Pietro Caruso, the pro-Nazi Chief of Police of Rome
Aerial view from RAF plane taken after RAF bombing of the Italian naval base at Taranto. Two damaged cruisers surrounded by fuel oil are in the inner harbor.
This RAF airmen is going to clean up despite the prying camera. A wooden tub at an Italian farm provides the soaking deluxe.
A British soldier, landed on Pantelleria, surveys the wreckage and bomb-shattered buildings on the Italian outpost. Allied airmen pounded the Axis defenders.
King Victor Emmanuel and Premier Mussolini visit ruins of Parodi-Delfino munitions factory at Colleferro, near Rome. An explosion killed at least 40 and injured 400.
After the Allies chased the Nazis out of Sicily, a family’s possessions are being carted back to their home from a hill hide-out
This hangar at Gerbini Airfield on the plains of Catania, Sicily is a sad-looking skeleton of its former self after a heavy RAF raid
Workers of the labor corps Servizio Lavoro gather around a steaming kettle of soup in bombed ruins in Genoa after a recent RAF raid
After a Marauder May Day raid on rail yards in Florence, shattered cars lie on the tracks, smashed almost beyond repair. “Operation Strangle” scored another victory.
Wounded Italian prisoner of war helped ashore from a British destroyer at Valletta, Malta after being rescued from sea. Other Italian prisoners fill gangplank.
Funeral service for Lt. Gen. William Henry Ewart “Strafer” Gott and his fellow passengers, killed when their plane was shot down over the North African desert, Egypt
The archway, all that is left of the Law Courts in Valletta, Malta, with other bombed buildings in the background
Mary Ellul, only woman Air Raid Precautions Warden on Malta, hurls a huge block of masonry during the clean-up process after a raid
People of Castel Di Sangro start rebuilding as soon as Allies liberated their town. Women spread wheat to dry as others search for furnishings in wrecked homes.
U.S. Army doctors and nurses treat wounded soldiers and civilians in an operating room tent in Sicily
U.S. Marine silhouetted against a cloud of smoke and stone dust, as Yanks blast the Japanese hiding in caves on the northern ridges of Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima Memorial with rows of folding chairs set up in front of the completed statue
Clothes still burning from the flame-thrower that killed him, a dead Japanese lies outside his pillbox, Iwo Jima
U.S. Marine Corps amtracs and medium tanks, blasted by Japanese artillery after bogging down in soft volcanic ash on Iwo Jima
With the historic World War II monument as a backdrop, President-elect Eisenhower visits Mount Suribachi, bloody battleground of Iwo Jima
Trucks rumble up past demolished German tank and lorries by roadside, with supplies for Allied forces pursuing Rommel’s forces, Western Desert, Egypt
Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura and Special Envoy Saburo Kurusu met by newsmen as they left the office of Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Washington DC
Japanese Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, who hid in the Philippine jungles for nearly thirty years, salutes after emerging on Sunday
Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese World War II Army Intelligence officer, emerged from the Philippine jungles after 29-years
Girls of the 8th Prefectural High School in Tokyo making 2,000 comfort bags for Japanese soldiers
Scene in Japanese armament plant showing gun barrels in production
An American prisoner of war is examined by a Japanese doctor
Japanese cameramen, on Iwo Jima for coverage of U.S. Marine training, pray at grave of Unknown Japanese Soldiers killed during the 1945 campaign
Japanese fleet ordered home after revolt
Lt. General Robert C. Richardson Jr. places a wreath on the grave of Lt. General Simon B. Buckner, Jr. during his visit to the 7th Division cemetery on Okinawa
Western Desert battle area shows six British infantrymen returning with 44 German prisoners to add to the many taken by the Eighth Army during its offensive
Coming up about 400 yards from the beach on Iwo Jima, Marines Glenn C. Reeser and Joseph Hoherchak encountered this pillbox
William E. Warner picks “kazara” that grows rampant over Iwo Jima now
Stretcher cases are brought aboard the U.S. Navy Hospital ship Benevolence after being rescued by the U.S. Navy from Tokyo-area prison camps
General Douglas MacArthur receives the French Legion of Honor from General Zinovy Pechkoff during a ceremony in Tokyo
Annual maneuvers of the Japanese Army in Fukui Prefecture. An umbrella is both shelter for the breech of a field piece and support for camouflage.
Friday, November 13, was an unlucky day for Marshal Rommel’s Africa Corps. On that day the British Eighth Army raised the Union Jack in Tobruk.
RAF advance units take over captured airfields in Tripolitania. Anti-tank mines stacked at the edge of the airfield at Marble Arch.
Tokyo’s citizens rehearse air raid precautions
Located a mile from the atomic bomb blast over Nagasaki, Japan, the huge Mitsubishi Steel Works was completely wrecked by the explosion
Blasted tree trunks rise above the wreckage in Nagasaki, Japan, scene of the second atomic bombing in history
This Axis ship was headed for an Axis-held African port with supplies for Rommel’s armies when RAF planes sighted her in the Eastern Mediterranean
Though Shintoism is barred in Japan, a priest purifies the ground in a Shinto shrine rite before homes are built in Tokyo
A dejected Japanese man pulls a cart on a narrow roadway in the suburbs of Nagasaki. Wreckage is piled high on either side of his path.
This was the auditorium of the Hiroshima Municipal office building. Both explosive force and fire left it a ruin.
Shanty town in Tokyo where the homeless have set up small huts, pieced together from scrap material
Civilians rounded up by U.S. forces invading this island in the Ryukyu group sit by the side of a road, watching Yanks moving to engage Japanese troops
Japan trains its citizens—adults as well as school children such as these—to extinguish incendiary bombs in preparation for enemy air raids
Hanging on the wall in the Mayor’s office in Kushi, Okinawa is this large portrait of Harry S Truman, President and “benefactor to all Okinawans”
American Army Engineers in Liberia: Sgt. Albert B. McSwain reports to Lt. William D. Beach
Second Division Marine passes two local people on Ihiya who have evacuated their home during the invasion of the island
Japanese prisoners of war entering a P.O.W. camp on Okinawa are stripped to avoid concealing any weapons
An aged Japanese man and a young Japanese mother with her infant were among thousands of civilians rounded up in the invasion of Okinawa by American troops
Residents of Hiroshima observe the third anniversary of the bombing. A newly-planted “peace tree” is in the background.
Allied prisoners of war liberated from the Narumi Daito Electric Steel Prisoner of War Camp hold American flag as they arrive at the Araie railroad station
After arrival in New York aboard the transport West Point, members of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin transferred to this cutter, which brought them ashore for internment
Emperor Hirohito arriving at Tokyo Station to board a train for Ise and the grand shrine. He will report the end of the war to his ancestors.
British gunner, clothed in white coveralls, keeps watch in desert
Japanese sign their surrender aboard the USS Missouri before representatives of nine Allied nations
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signs the Japanese Instrument of Surrender as the United States representative
American troops man a tower at Atsugi Airfield
Total area devastated by the atomic bomb strike on Hiroshima is shown in darkened area within the circle on photograph
Two soldiers of the Eleventh Airborne Division watch the American flag waving in the breeze at Atsugi Airstrip near Tokyo, soon after their arrival from Okinawa
Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth pay a surprise visit to the Bermondsey district of London and make a tour of air raid shelters
Queen Elizabeth inspects clothing sent from New Zealand at the Women’s Voluntary Services headquarters in London
Weary Londoners catch up on sleep during all-night Nazi bombing raids in the comparative safety of Aldwych Underground Station
Tommie Atkins, finally equipped with proper and sufficient weapons, battles under broiling sun
Clutching their dolls and a few necessities, London children leave their parents for safety
A British family ‘at home’ in their raid shelter on the day Prime Minister Chamberlin announced war with Germany
In London’s first anti-gas test, gas decontamination men warn mothers and children of “the presence of gas” in the area
Ruins of St. Thomas Hospital after it was struck by Nazi bombs. This doctor set up a first aid station in a clearing in the debris.
Nuns of the Sion Convent watching an A.R.P. stretcher party marching out to practice through the convent's garden, West London
Westminster’s Red Cross nurses march in a demonstration held in connection with London’s War Weapons Week
London women form a “mop and duster” brigade at a subway station
British troops aid in clearing debris-laden streets following a night air raid by Nazi planes, London
Right Reverend Staunton Batty, Bishop of Fulham, addresses the congregation at New Year's Day services in the ruins of St. Anne and St. Agnes Church, London
Two nuns descending into a railroad station in a London suburb the day after a huge German air raid
British salvage crew cleans up the wreckage left on the sands of Egypt after Field Marshal Rommel’s forces attempted to break through to the Nile Delta
The ruined altar and a beheaded statue of a saint amid the charred rafters of a church that was blasted and burned in a pre-Christmas raid, London
Workers clear the debris from a church, hit in the worst air raid in London in two years
View of the gutted banquet hall of the historic Guildhall in London's "City" after a fire bomb raid
Workmen repairing a large bomb crater on the Stand. The church in the background, St. Mary-in-Strand, dates to 1717.
The Bow Bells of St. Mary-le-Bow are the best-known bells of London. The church is a burned-out shell after a German air raid, but it remains standing.
A pile of timber and masonry is all that remains of the Shaftsbury Theatre in London after a German air raid
After an air raid, surviving members of the Grimmond family stand amid the ruin of their Southeast London home. Now the family is homeless.
Tailor’s dummies, strewn in grotesque poses in a shop window in Southeast London, after a German bomb fell nearby
Bombed street in Camberwell, London, with homeless salvaging what they can after a Nazi night air raid
London cabbies scrambled to shelters during an air raid, but when they returned they found their cabs bombed out of business by Germain raiders
British soldiers display all kinds of carriers as they wait in line to “fill up” following the arrival of a water cart on the desert
Londoners with their furniture and other belongings in an East End street at dawn, after a night air raid
Aluminum pots and pans clutter a London sidewalk, contributed by housewives to aid in the manufacture of aircraft
Associated Press staff look through a broken window at the bomb crater outside the front door of their building in Tudor Street, London
A damaged building and a courtyard filled with wreckage remain after a bomb hit a London hospital. There were no casualties.
The children’s hospital in Central London, damaged in an air raid. There were no casualties to children or staff.
Damage suffered at St. Pancras Station in the London Blitz
Twisted steel work, shattered masonry and charred timber are all that remain of the interior of the House of Commons after a London air raid
During a German air raid on London, a bomb crashed through the street outside the Bank of England, causing the subway to cave in and killing a number of people
A bus was flung against the side of a building in London's business district by the force of an German air raid bomb
This London bus was on a busy rush hour street when it was hit by a German bomb. Everyone on board was killed or wounded. Nearby shops were blasted to rubble.
Stationed in rifle pits, members of the Arab Legion of the Amir of Transjordan guard an RAF air station somewhere on the Iraq-Transjordan border
A whole section of the City of London Maternity Hospital was ripped away and reduced to rubble during a heavy German air raid
Smashed taxi cabs in Leicester Square are some of the bomb damage done in London by German raiders
Damage caused to buildings of Cloister Court, part of the British House of Commons, during a German air raid on London
The wreckage left when a German incendiary bomb struck a North London School
Blocks of offices in Central London were damaged in an all-night raid, but the Union Jack flies above while firemen pour water on the ruins
A girl in London points to the wreckage of a building from which she was rescued after an air raid
Demolition crews blasted this wall of a bomb-wrecked house in London, destroyed in a German night raid
A German bomb ripped away most of this London building, but left coats hanging on a closet wall (arrow)
Destroyed in a German air raid on London, the House of Commons is being demolished. The site will be cleared for its reconstruction.
Debris spilled from a blasted building and blockaded this West End street in London after a German air raid
Attack on the outskirts of Berbera, seat of the British colonial government in Somaliland. The Italians attacked from Italian Somaliland, north of Berbera.
Regent Street’s famous quadrant, in London’s West End, where shop fronts have been severely damaged in Nazi air raids
Fireman play hoses on the smoldering ruins of a gutted building on what was once a busy London street
Whole districts of London were gutted by the most destructive incendiary bombing raid of the war. This photo was taken from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral.
The book publishers' district of London was destroyed after the great Nazi fire raid. The dome of the Old Bailey still stands proud.
Thick smoke drifts skyward from oil tanks along the Thames River in London, hit by German bombs. Photo was taken from an attacking Nazi plane.
Troops at their positions beside powerful anti-aircraft guns as dusk settles over London
One of Britain’s anti-aircraft guns, which have been blasting defiance at German raiders over London
Shipping on the Thames is illuminated, as the river reflects flames from fires in the industrial districts of the East End. This was the biggest raid of the war in London.
Fire fighters bring fires started by bombs under control in large blocks of office buildings in Central London
Flames lick around the base of the spire of St. Bride's Church after the roof had collapsed. German planes showered incendiary bombs on London.
Having deserted the Italians, these Senussi Arabs of the Libyan Arab Police make their way into British lines
Encamped near Baghdad, Indian troops of the British Tenth Army prepare native food, the Chapatti
Firefighters are silhouetted by white flames as they work to bring fires under control in London, after German raiders dropped incendiary bombs
Flames spew angrily out of buildings in The City, London’s Wall Street, during a German fire bomb attack
Due to the narrow, winding streets in this district of London, flames caused by German incendiary bombs leapt rapidly from building to building
A fireman in a gas mask leaves a test chamber after testing his respirator. London firemen drill blindfolded and wearing gas masks as part of their training.
A London firefighter is silhouetted in a bomb-damaged street near St. Paul's Cathedral. Fire hoses are directed onto flames after a night of German fire bombings.
Flames caused by a heavy German air raid destroy a building somewhere in London
Firemen play their hoses on the wreckage of the Thomas Wallis Store in Holborn, London after a German air raid
The Cameron Scottish Rifles fire a salute at the Tower of London, in honor of Queen Mary’s 72nd birthday
Recruiting office in London on the second day of war
Damage on a street during the London Blitz
French colonial troops in a long column winding through the wilderness on maneuvers in Syria
Sir John Simon, Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, First Sea Lord Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Dunbar Nasmith cheer the arrival of the British cruiser Exeter at Plymouth, England
Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini reviews Italian troops standing in line beneath massed artillery near the Yugoslav frontier at Fiume
British Prime Minister Churchill departs from the USS Augusta after a historic meeting at sea with President Roosevelt, Washington D.C.
General Georgy K. Zhukov is named to supplant Marshal Semyon Timoshenko. The group here listens to Joseph Stalin addressing the Russian Supreme Council.
General Douglas MacArthur beams radiantly on his arrival in Melbourne to take over command of United Nations forces in the Pacific
Lieutenant Jewett A. Dix of Fort Lauderdale, Florida explains to Queen Elizabeth how an American gas mask works, Northern Ireland
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill confers with South African Field Marshal Jan Smuts in the gardens of the British Embassy in Cairo, Egypt
General Henri Honore Giraud, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, General Charles De Gaulle, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet in Casablanca, Morocco
Signal Corps moves with tanks: soldiers string wire in the trail of tanks on the road to Gabes, during the fight for Bir Marbot Pass in the El Guettar area of Tunisia
President Roosevelt hands important papers to Prime Minister Churchill, Casablanca, Morocco
President Roosevelt points out a place of interest to Admiral William D. Leahy on the plane returning them from the conference at Casablanca, Morocco
President Roosevelt takes a salute from an American tank unit at Port Lyautey, French Morocco. His jeep is driven by Sergeant Oran Lass of Kansas City, Missouri.
Press conference President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Casablanca Conference
Lt. General Kenneth A. N. Anderson and Prime Minister Winston Churchill leave the Roman theater in Carthage, Tunisia after Churchill addressed dominion forces
King George VI of England bestows knighthood on Air Marshall Francis John Linnell on a battlefield in Tunisia
King George VI eating from an American Army mess tin, with Lt. General Clark and Major General Patton, and Sir James Grigg--African Front
At Tehran, top, and Yalta, it was Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill. In Postdam, it was Attlee, Truman and Stalin. When France joins in Geneva it will become the Big Four.
General Douglas MacArthur walking with a soldier
Quebec Conference: Earl of Athlone; MacKenzie King; Alexander Cadogan; Brendan Bracken; Anthony Eden; President Roosevelt; Princess Alice; and Prime Minister Churchill
Britain's King George VI, center, with Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, during a concert in the flagship’s wardroom, somewhere in England
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Quebec Conference
British Prime Minister Churchill, his wife and daughter walk on the deck of HMS Renown. They are returning to England from the U.S. and Canada.
President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Russian Premier Stalin sit at the dinner table in Tehran, Iran during their conference
President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill and Soviet President Stalin, at a dinner to celebrate Churchill's 69th birthday in Tehran
Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Dwight Eisenhower inspect U.S. Army glider and paratroopers in England
General Eisenhower stands in the rain with Secretary of Navy James V. Forrestal at the Allied Commander’s advance headquarters in Normandy
King George VI made a tour of Royal Air Force Coastal Command headquarters. His Majesty is greeted by girls working in the N.A.A.F.I. canteens.
Military leaders meet at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris: Lt. General Omar N. Bradley; General Dwight D. Eisenhower; General Joseph Koenig; and Sir Arthur Tedder
Prime Minister Churchill welcomed by members of the War Cabinet when he arrived back in London
Prime Minister Winston Churchill welcomed in Moscow Airport by Russian Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, Greek Archbishop Damaskinos and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet in Athens
Soldiers were called to hear General Dwight Eisenhower’s Christmas message, which they took back to their commanders
Admiral William Leahy, Admiral E. J. King, President Roosevelt and General George C. Marshall talking aboard a battleship, Malta
President Franklin D. Roosevelt confers with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Palace in Yalta, scene of the "Big Three" Conference
Somewhere in England, these men huddled over a scale map of the British Isles are mapping aerial defense
Marshal Stalin and Prime Minister Churchill in the “Big Three" conference room in the Crimean city of Yalta
Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill during a break, Yalta
Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill shaking hands at the Livadia Palace, Yalta, where the Three Power Conference was held
Top: General MacArthur confers with President Roosevelt aboard a cruiser in Pearl Harbor. Bottom: MacArthur initials Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor
As Soviet and Lublin Pole representatives look on, Marshall Stalin signs treaty between the Soviet Union and Polish republicans of the Lublin government
A crown in front of Buckingham Palace cheers the Royal Family on the balcony on VE Day, shortly after the official announcement of German surrender
An American sergeant escorts Mrs. Pamela Jewell and her son Bobby toward a bus which will carry them to Perham, Downs, England for transportation to the United States
Marshal Gregor Zhukov, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery during first meeting of the Allied Control Commission, Berlin
General Dwight D. Eisenhower exchanges greetings with Mayor Fiorello La Guardia following his arrival at LaGuardia Airport, New York
General Omar N. Bradley, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Harry S. Truman and Admiral William D. Leahy on the White House porch
Marshal Stalin greets Prime Minister Churchill in the conference room of the Three Power Conference in Potsdam, Germany
The Allied leaders, left to right: Clement Attlee of Britain; Harry Truman of the United States; and Joseph Stalin of the USSR, in Potsdam
General Charles De Gaulle, Provisional President of France, salutes at the grave of Franklin D. Roosevelt after placing a wreath, Hyde Park, New York
Marshal Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference with new “Big Three” members - President Harry S. Truman and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Supreme Commander General Dwight Eisenhower inspect U.S. Army glider and paratroopers somewhere in England
Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin took time out from their Yalta deliberations to pose for the press
German flyers who were shot down by aircraft of the Royal Air Force Coastal Command over the English Channel are shown under guard on a British destroyer
Charles De Gaulle at the Casablanca Conference with General Henri Giraud, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill
General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrives in Brussels, Belgium
President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Africa
General Dwight D. Eisenhower at Ohrdruf Concentration Camp
Winston Churchill paid a visit to Dover and Ramsgate where he surveyed air raid damage and met local A.R.P. workers
Lt. General Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower, Commander of the U.S. Army in Britain, thrusts his head forward at a London press conference
President Truman, with members of his cabinet and family, gives reporters the text of the Japanese acceptance of Allied surrender terms
Group photo taken prior to the formal dinner aboard the USS Augusta, during the meeting of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill at sea
World Fund and Bank will help stabilize money and help nations rebuild homes and war-torn cities like Manila
Yanks hit the beach on Cebu in the Philippines, keeping flat as they squirm forward, weapons ready for the Japanese
This wounded French woman being carried off a ship at an English port is suspected of being a sniper. She is being evacuated to a prisoner of war hospital in England.
Japanese trooper sitting for a portrait by a Japanese propaganda artist
Two Yank infantrymen of the U.S. 37th Division climb through some Japanese barbed wire during street fighting in Manila
This man with rope wrapped around him is evidence of Japanese atrocities committed in Bingas, Luzon in the Philippines
Wounded lie on hospital cots in the tunnels deep below Corregidor in the Philippines
The Igorots of the Philippines, praised highly by General Douglas MacArthur for their action against the Japanese
Once again, the American flag flies over the Philippines. A U.S. Navy beach patrol raises it on Leyte shortly after the initial landing.
American prisoners held by the Japanese at Bilibid Prison in Manila scoop watery soup from a trough into bamboo containers
Nearing the end of the Bataan Death March, a thinning file of prisoners approaches Camp O'Donnell, the Japanese prison camp in Capas, the Philippines
Dancing in the streets of Dover, England, as civilians celebrate the end of shelling by German cross-Channel batteries. Residents stand on Military Hill, overlooking Dover Harbor.
Bodies of 90 Filipinos were found in ditches in Manila. They were accused of having relatives in the guerrilla forces, and the Japanese executed them.
A dance by the Bidua sisters, ages 6 to 13, was the hit of the first Filipino-American talent show at an Army general hospital in Leyte, the Phillipines
U.S. field artillery somewhere in the Philippines just before war broke out
Men of a coast artillery battery loading a 10-inch gun during Army maneuvers in the Philippines just before war broke out
The battleship California fires at Japanese suicide planes in Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines. The California was hit and suffered 203 casualties.
Filipinos from all classes watch an American tank being unloaded for defense of the Philippines, shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
This residential district near Manila took a beating from Japanese bombing planes, and several small houses were destroyed
Victims of the war prepare to evacuate their homes in Bataan, the Philippines
British soldiers examine Axis artillery captured in the British offensive in Libya
Air raid workers are shown combing ruins in a home counties town following “rush hour” raid by German planes earlier in the month
American soldiers look at the bodies of dead Japanese in a coconut grove on Los Negros Island in the Admiralty Group
U.S. troops leave their landing craft and advance up a shore on Los Negros in the Admiralty Group
U.S. destroyers bombard the passage to Hyam Harbor at Los Negros Island in the Admiralty Group, in preparation for a landing by Americans forces
Wrecked enemy planes litter the beach at Lae, New Guinea, after bombing by American aircraft. American and Australian forces now hold the area.
Airborne Australian and American troops arrive at a jungle landing field in New Guinea just before launching the attack on Japanese-held Buna
A United Nations warplane circles low over a ship in an Allied convoy carrying troops and equipment to Port Moresby, New Guinea
This Japanese cargo vessel was sighted by U.S. Army Air Force off the Northern coast of New Guinea. Bombs rock the ship as it tries to move out of their path.
U.S. soldiers, on leave from the front in New Guinea, arrive at a river village on a sightseeing trip. Villagers come out in vanagis (small boats) to meet them.
This furniture caught fire from Nazi-dropped incendiary bombs, and the local firemen are quelling the flames
Indigenous people of New Guinea help Australian fighting men every day. This man is rolling a gas drum to load a shipment into nearby trucks.
American infantry stow their equipment and make camp for the night in a clearing in a New Guinea jungle
Heavy shellfire near the Buna Mission in New Guinea demolished the trees in the cocoanut grove
Indigenous people of New Guinea provide inestimable aid to Allies fighting the Japanese in Papua. Here they carry an injured fighter to a dressing station.
Allied parachute bombs floating to earth at the Japanese airfield at Hollandia in New Guinea. A moment later, a grounded Japanese plane was destroyed.
Indigenous people in New Guinea race over the freshly cut grass of a new landing field. They will unload the planes bringing supplies to American troops.
An LST manned by Coast Guardsmen shoves forward at the head of its task force unit into Tanahmerah Bay, during the invasion of Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea
Water spouts rise into the air across Hansa Bay in New Guinea, as U.S. Army Air Force bombers wheel and turn, destroying Japanese cargo ships
U.S. Army troops land from an LST to reinforce Americans battling Japanese for a key base in the Marianas
Ack-ack from U.S. ships off the coast of Saipan brings down a Japanese bomber. As flames consume her fuselage, the plane banks and heads into the Pacific.
This unrecognizable pile junk is the remains of an English transport, presumably a troop transport, after being blasted by German Stuka bombers
An American combat man helps a family to an internment depot during battle on Saipan
A U.S. Navy task force blasting at Japanese bases in the Marianas got this Japanese "Betty" bomber. A rising pillar of smoke marks the end of the enemy plane.
Anti-aircraft fire from a warship of the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 58 rakes a Japanese bomber during an attack off Saipan. Flashes of light are ack-ack. The bomber was shot down.
A 61-year-old Chamorro woman on Saipan looks over photos displayed by T/Sgt. Don Brown of Vallejo, California
Coast Guardsmen look over wreckage on the pier at Charon Kanoa, Saipan. The sugar refinery sends up a pall of smoke after being blasted by warships.
Squatting on the sand of Saipan in the Marianas Islands, a Coast Guardsman keeps watch on the beach—and his breakfast—a chicken tied to a post behind him.
Leathernecks halt to salute the American flag. It went up soon after Americans captured Rai, Japan’s Marshall Islands stronghold.
Japanese officers join U.S. officers saluting the American flag as it is raised over Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The Japanese garrison there surrendered to Americans.
Using a flame thrower, Corporal E. R. Burkhalter of Buhl, Idaho destroys a Japanese building on Namur Island during an invasion of the Marshall Islands
View of Yank activity on a beach in the Marshall Islands, framed by the smashed remains of a Japanese blockhouse
A dead U.S. Marine holds the knife he used to kill a Japanese soldier in the background. A sniper killed the Marine. Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshal Islands.
Major James Roosevelt, son of the President, leading U.S. Marines as a Lt. Colonel during war games in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Hundreds of indigenous people of the Green Islands in the Solomons are removed on landing craft to safety. They range from babies to wrinkled great grandfathers.
Barrage balloons hover protectively over the LSTs in the Green Islands. American and New Zealand troops seized the Islands, completing the Allied Solomons campaign.
Men of the Australian Seventh Division move across a bridge into the outskirts of burning Balikpapan, rich oil center of Borneo
LCIs discharge Australian Seventh Division infantrymen near Balikpapan, Borneo, rich oil center. Guide lines aid the troops thru surf.
A U.S. tank and infantrymen advance on a Japanese pillbox at the edge of the airfield on Orote Point, Guam. The tank is firing point-blank at the pillbox.
Workers at a factory “somewhere in England” fitting paraboloids of a sound detector for air defense posts
Americans now hold the Japanese base of Tarawa Island in the Gilberts. U.S. Marine PFC R. F. West of Tucson, Arizona inspects a Japanese pillbox.
Waves of landing craft speed attacking U.S. Marines toward the beach of Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, in the invasion and capture of that Marshall Islands base
Old Glory raised over Wake Island as a U.S. Marine bugler plays. Japanese at left salute the flag.
A fire that started during the U.S. Navy’s attack on Wake Island burns near the airfield. Wreckage of a beached Japanese ship lies at the left.
Australian infantrymen wait in Sydney for embarkation to service overseas
Australian aborigines and American soldiers look each other over at a stop of a truck convoy in Australia. One aborigine puffs a cigarette from a soldier’s pack.