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In size, geographic scope, and sheer destructiveness, World War II dwarfs all other conflicts in human history. When it was over, hundreds of cities lay in ruin, and millions of people were injured, displaced, or impoverished.

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USS Shaw(dd-373) exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor

"USS Shaw (DD-373) exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor."
By an unknown photographer, December 7, 1941

National Archives and Records Administration, General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1798-1947
(80-G-16871) [VENDOR # 91]

Pilots pleased over their victory during the Marshall Islands attack

"Pilots pleased over their victory during the Marshall Islands attack, grin across the tail of an F6F Hellcat on board the USS Lexington, after shooting down 17 out of 20 Japanese planes heading for Tarawa."
By Comdr. Edward J. Steichen, November 1943

National Archives and Records Administration, General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1798-1947
(80-G-470985) [VENDOR # 96]

Landing on the Coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire

"Landing on the coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire are these American soldiers, shown just as they left the ramp of a Coast Guard landing boat."
By CphoM. Robert F. Sargent, June 6, 1944

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. Coast Guard
(26-G-2343) [VENDOR # 93]

Burial at sea for the officers and men of the USS Intrepid

"Burial at sea for the officers and men of the USS Intrepid (CV-11) who lost their lives when the carrier was hit by Japanese bombs during operations in the Philippines."

By Lt. Barrett Gallagher, November 26, 1944

National Archives and Records Administration, General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1798-1947
(80-G-468912) [VENDOR # 94]

Cpl Carlton Chapman

"Cpl. Carlton Chapman . . . is a machine-gunner in an M-4 tank, attached to a Motor Transport unit near Nancy, France"
By Ryan, November 5, 1944

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer
(111-SC-196106-s) [VENDOR # 98]

Destroyed U.S. Flying fortress

Destroyed U. S. Flying Fortress
By an unknown photographer, ca. 1942?45
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of War Information
(208-YE-142) [VENDOR # 100]

Mechanical crew at the Baton Roughe Esso Refinery in line for their pay checks

"Mechanical crew at the Baton Rouge Esso Refinery in line for their pay checks"
By Edwin Rosskam, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 1943

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of War Information
(208-LO-14F-27) [VENDOR # 102]

Building the SS Frederick Douglass in Baltimore, MD

"Building the SS Frederick Douglass in Baltimore, MD. More than 6,000 Negro shipyard workers are employed at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard where the Liberty Ship, SS Frederick Douglass, is being rushed to completion. The noted orator and abolitionist leader worked as a ship caulker in the vicinity of this yard before he escaped from slavery. Welders S.L. Ramsey and Benny Chen (Chinese) on aft end of flat keel."
By Roger Smith, ca. 1943

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of War Information
(208-NP-1DDD-5) [VENDOR # 104]

A few of the thousands of wedding rings the Germans removed from their victims to salvage the gold

"A few of the thousands of wedding rings the Germans removed from their victims to salvage the gold. U.S. troops found rings, watches, precious stones, eyeglasses, and gold fillings, near Buchenwald concentration camp."
By T4c. Roberts, May 5, 1945

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer
(111-SC-206406) [VENDOR # 105]

American servicemen and women gather in front of 'Rainbow Corner'  Red Cross club

"American servicemen and women gather in front of 'Rainbow Corner' Red Cross club in Paris to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Japanese"
By McNulty, August 15, 1945

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer
(111-SC-210241) [VENDOR # 107]
 
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