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March 16, 1945: A U.S. Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 1/2 days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be further booby trapped underneath his body after knocking the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole. Promising no resistance, the prisoner is given a cigarette he asked for and was dragged free from the hole. (AP Photo)

Marine approaches a Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima, Japan during World War II. The Japanese soldier was buried for 1 ½ days in this shell hole playing dead and ready with a live grenade inches away from his hand. The Marines feared he might be.

The original Iwo Jima flag that flew atop Mt. Suribachi. It was raised February 23, 1945 by the United States Marines. It is now at the United States Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia  Taken by Melinda Hall 2012

The original Iwo Jima flag that flew atop Mt. It was raised February 1945 by the United States Marines. It is now at the United States Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia Taken by Melinda Hall 2012

47 Historical Pictures That Will Have You In Awe photography story historical interesting history facts

Sometimes, one simple picture can tell you more about history than any story you might read or any document you might analyze. these pictures are awesome.<< history is fucked up

Charred corpses lie along the electrified fence at Erla Camp No. 3, a subcamp of Buchenwald. These corpses are probably those of would-be escapees, though the lethal charge in the fence was an easy and relatively painless option for suicides. One out of four people passing through the entrance of Buchenwald never left.

Charred corpses lie along the electrified fence at Erla Camp No. a subcamp of Buchenwald. These corpses are probably those of would-be escapees, though the lethal charge in the fence was an easy and relatively painless option for suicide.

Doris "Dorie" Miller, born in Waco Texas in 1919, known for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross.

Doris "Dorie" Miller, born in Waco Texas in known for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross.

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Hart H. Spiegal tries to communicate with two very young Japanese soldiers captured during the Battle of Okinawa. June 17, 1945.

June Marine First Lieutenant Hart H. Spiegal of Topeka, Kansas, makes with the sign language as he tries to strike up a conversation with two tiny Japanese soldiers captured on Okinawa. The boy on the left is 18 while his companion boasts 20 years.

The body of a victim still rests in the position in which he died, attempting to rise and escape his horrible death. He was one of over 150 ...

One of 150 prisoners savagely burned to death by Nazi SS troops as Allied troops closed in on the camp still rests in the position in which he died, attempting to rise and escape his horrible death, Gardelegen, 16 Apr 1945 - Sgt. Allen SO SAD

Henry VIII & his wives ~ finally and exhaustively! All we have to add is that these three Queens were relatives ( Boleyn, Howard, Parr), all these three could be beheaded (Parr was very close to execution and murder),  all these three were, probably, the most beloved wives of Henry VIII of England.

Henry VIII & his wives ~ finally and exhaustively! All we have to add is that these three Queens were relatives ( Boleyn, Howard, Parr), all these three could be beheaded (Parr was very close to execution and murder)

Marines of the 6th Division sleeping between battles on Okinawa, 29 May 1945.

Okinawa, May Mortar element crew of the Marine Division catches some sleep during a lull in the fighting for the town of Naha. Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War. The battle lasted from early April until mid-June

The booted feet of a dead Japanese soldier protrude from beneath a mound of sand on Iwo Jima during the American invasion of the island, while American soldiers rest in the background. March 1945.

February The booted feet of a dead Japanese soldier, foreground, protrude from beneath a mound of earth on Iwo Jima during the American invasion of the Japanese Volcano Island stronghold in World War II. Marines can be seen nearby in foxholes

Une femme est en train de mourir de faim dans le Guetto de Varsovie (Pologne, 1941). Le photographe est un soldat allemand, Heinz Joest

"Eyes of despair":A woman lying on the pavement in the Warsaw ghetto, starving to death. Taken by a a German soldier called Heinz Joest, in Poland, 1941

Atrocity: The Japanese executing prisoners

Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold blood

This is most likely the first photo of a KIA in World War II. This German soldier was killed on the first day of the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939, precisely at Hill 179, near Chojnice.

this is most likely the first photo KIA in World War II! this poor German soldier was killed on the first day of the German invasion of Poland, September precisely at Hill 179 near Chojnice

The real fellowship:Waffen SS soldier try to prime his burned kamerad

Waffen SS soldier tending to wounds of a Wehrmact soldier badly burned.

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