These photos will show you a side of the war which hasn't been seen before. They were captured just at the right moment, and they show the unpredictable events that happened during World War II.
The First Air Strike in the War Happened When the 8th Air Force Attacked a Power Plant in Marienburg, 1943
“The first big raid by the 8th Air Force was on a Focke-Wulf plant at Marienburg. Coming back, the Germans were up in full force, and we lost at least 80 ships – 800 men, many of them pals.” - The memory of a U.S. war veteran.
American Troops Land on Normandy, June 6, 1944
156,000 troops charged to the cliffs under heavy enemy fire.
Paratroopers Land on Holland, September, 1944
A paratrooper unit lands during a mission of the First Allied Airborne Army forces.
An American Supply Carrier Flying Over the Pyramids of Giza, 1944
The crew crossed the Atlantic Sea to get to their final destination.
U.S. Army Crosses the Rhine Through Enemy Fire, March, 1945
“I drew an assault boat to cross in – just my luck. We all tried to crawl under each other because the lead was flying around like hail.” - The memory of a war veteran.
Wernberg, Germany: Charging Into Certain Death, April 22, 1945
The soldiers of WWII were fearless.
The Night Sky Lights up with Aircraft Fire at Okinawa , 1945
Japanese aircraft is greeted with fire from the ground.
Finally Crossing the Rhine: The Mortar Blasts Were Deafening, 1945
“Getting across the Rhine wasn’t all there was to it. There was the little matter of establishing a beachhead. We threw our mortars at them and everything else we had until they finally gave away.” - The memory of a war veteran.
Running Through Death Valley in Okinawa, May 10, 1945
In 8 hours, 125 U.S. Marines died while crossing the Death Valley.
Evaluating the Position of a Machine Gun Nest so They Can Call in the Artillery, Iwo Jima, February 1945
These soldiers are trying to estimate the position of the enemy. They were called "spotters" or, "observers."
Air Strike on Japan, July 1945
Aircraft bomb the city of Hokkadate.
Victory at Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945
A flag of victory is raised by the survivors who made it through the magma fields in Iwo Jima.
An Enormous Pile of Shells Surrounds the Soldiers, February 16, 1945
Marines attack Japanese forces with heavy artillery.
Firing Rockets at Okinawa, June 1945
Attacking the fortress at Okinawa. Ground troops are also marching towards it.