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Dining out: American troops eat a meal set on top of boxes of ammunition amid preparation for the D-Day invasion of France

WWII - Adolf Hitler with a daughter of Joseph and Magda Goebbels. The Goebbels would kill their six children and then themselves when Germany surrendered and ended World War II.

From D-Day until Christmas 1944, German prisoners of war were shipped off to American detention facilities at a rate of 30,000 per month. Above: Captured German troops, June 1944.

This photo was taken in February 1943, but not published until September, when it became the first image of dead American troops to appear in LIFE during World War II. George Strock's photo was finally OK'd by government censors, in part because FDR feared the public was growing complacent about the war's horrific toll. Read more:

World War II: Classic LIFE Magazine Pictures From the Defining Conflict of the 20th Century - LIFE

Adolf Hitler sitting next to Rudolf Hess in the German Reichstag on 1 Sept 1939 as German troops were crossing the German-Polish frontier and triggering WW2.

Not published in LIFE. Italians watch American armor pass during the drive towards Rome along the Appian Way, World War II.

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Hell in the Pacific: Rare World War II photographs show American soldiers' fight for survival in brutal Battle of Saipan

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World War II Pin-up girl Margie Stewart visiting troops in Reims, France in June 1945

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Blitz Britain: Amazing colour pictures of London under siege from Nazi bombers during World War II

A deserted street in London after an air raid during the 2nd World War, 1940. Colour Photos from Time Life Pictures.