Desperation: Saipan civilians commit suicide rather than surrendering to American troops. Around 1,000 civilians perished this way

Desperation: Saipan civilians commit suicide rather than surrendering to American troops. Around 1,000 civilians perished this way

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Two women pay respects at a ruined cemetery, Nagasaki, 1945.

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> Two women pay respects at a ruined cemetery, Nagasaki, 1945.

In the Battle of Britain, many cities were hit with High Explosive bombs and firebombs. 40,000 British people died and many were injured. At the end of the battle, Churchill made the speech "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few", referring to the few pilots who had kept the many people of Great Britain safe during the Battle. Britain’s greatest day in the battle was September 15th, which is now known and still commemorated each year as Battle of Britain…

In the Battle of Britain, many cities were hit with High Explosive bombs and firebombs. 40,000 British people died and many were injured. At the end of the battle, Churchill made the speech "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few", referring to the few pilots who had kept the many people of Great Britain safe during the Battle. Britain’s greatest day in the battle was September 15th, which is now known and still commemorated each year as Battle of Britain…

A pair of US Marines share their foxhole with an Okinawan boy who wandered into their lines, July 1945

A pair of US Marines share their foxhole with an Okinawan boy who wandered into their lines, July 1945

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (1900-1949) was an American author and journalist. Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1937 for her epic American Civil War era novel, Gone with the Wind, which was the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime.

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (1900-1949) was an American author and journalist. Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1937 for her epic American Civil War era novel, Gone with the Wind, which was the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime.

A picture of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb hit on August 6 1945. Approximately 70 000 Japanase died instantly.

A picture of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb hit on August 6 1945. Approximately 70 000 Japanase died instantly.

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