22 Must see WWII photographs
Ready to die
German General Anton Dostler is ready to die by firing squad in December 1944.
The USS Shaw explodes
The USS Shaw is completely destroyed when it explodes in Pearl Harbor, during the Japanese attack in December 7th, 1942.
American Troops lay down their arms
American Troops are forced to lay down their arms by the Japanese at Corregidor, Philippines, May 1942.
U.S. Marines with their Dogs
U.S. Marine “Raiders” along with their Dogs entering the jungle towards the front line. Bouganville, May 1943.
Hickam Hills during Japanese Attack
Hickam Hills during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The smoke smells like death.
Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Germany, 1940.
Il Duce, Benito Mussolini and The Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, ride in a car in Germany, 1940.
A Zero taking off from a Japanese carrier
A Zero fighter, about to take off from a carrier on route to Pearl Harbor. This photograph was captured.
On their way to Palestine
These Jewish children recently liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp, smile filled with joy on their way to Palestine.
American prisoners carry their wounded
In this photograph captured from the Japanese, American prisoners carry their wounded. Also the ones who fainted from dehydration, marching towards Bataan, in May 1942.
Everyone in NYC celebrates the end of the war
Everyone celebrates the end of the war in NYC, the moment the Japanese surrendered, August 14, 1945.
The March of Death
These prisoners had their hands tied behind their backs as they are marched from Bataan towards a prison camp located in Cabanatuan. This would later be called the march of death and it took place in May 1942.
With his 30-cal. Machine Gun
Private First Class (Marines) Douglas Lightheart, with his 30-cal. machine gun on his right, beside his fellow Marine Gerald Churchby. They are taking a break for a cigarette on Peleliu Island, September 14, 1944.
A “Water Buffalo” loaded with Marines
A Water Buffalo filled with Marines, moves through the sea towards the beaches of Tinian Island, in Guam. July 1944.
General Douglas MacArthur
General Douglas MacArthur lands ashore at Leyte, Philippines, in October, 1944.
An Ordnance man loads ammo
An Ordnance man loads belted ammo into a Douglas SBD-3 ”Dauntless” in September, 1942.
Launching USS Robalo
The launching of USS Robalo. It took place in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, May 9, 1943.
Captured mountain gun in Saipan
The Marines used this during the attack on Garapan (admin. center of the island) in July 1944 after capturing it from the Japanese.
“Chippers” was the affectionate knickname used for women war workers of the Marinship Corp.,
Marlene Dietrich signs his cast
Film actress / performer Marlene Dietrich signs the cast on US Army Technician Earl E. McFarland, at a US hospital in Belgium. She was there performing for the GIs on November 24, 1944.
Man working on U.S. Submarine
A man works on the hull of a U.S. submarine. This was taken at Electric Boat & Co., Groton, Connecticut. August 1943.
The Doughboys went out to search for Japanese troops who infiltrated in the middle of the night.
Flying in formation as Japan surrenders
Vought F4U “Corsair” and Grumman F6F “Hellcat” fighters flying in formation during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo. The USS Missouri is in the foreground on the left. September 2, 1945.
Marines jumping out of their landing ships
These US Marines hit three feet of water as they jump out of their landing ships into the beach at Cape Gloucester, in the island of New Britain, Territory of New Guinea, on December 26, 1943.
RMS Queen Mary, arriving in New York harbor
The RMS Queen Mary, one of the most famous British liners, was converted into a Troopship and it was used to ferry Allied troops during WWII. This photograph was taken as it arrived in New York harbor filled with thousands of American troops returning from the battlefields of Europe.