E Company paratroopers in the square at St. Marie-du-Mont. (Front, L-R) Forrest Guth, Frank Mellet, David Morris, Daniel West, Floyd Talbert and CT Smith pose with infantrymen from the Army’s 4th Division. Photo by Walter “Smokey” Gordon, June 7 1944.
AUG. 9, 1945 The exact moment of detonation at Nagasaki is captured in this remarkable photograph. Notice the three people in the foreground, as yet unaware that anything has happened. The destruction of Nagasaki followed that of Hiroshima by three days and compelled Japan to surrender, ending World War II.
In one of the most infamous pictures of WWII, a member of the SS prepares to shoot a Jewish woman with her back to him, desperate to protect her child. A single bullet from his rifle was sufficient for both at such intimate range. I have read anecdotes that the shooter - a Hungarian Auxiliary - was drunk when he did this, and upon sobering up, was so horrified at his deed that he committed suicide. I feel no compassion for him.
One of the most famous photos taken during the Holocaust shows Jewish families arrested by Nazis during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland, and sent to be gassed at Treblinka extermination camp. This picture and over 50 others were taken by the Nazis to chronicle the successful destruction of the Ghetto.
This 1948 file photo shows the devastated city of Hiroshima some three years after the US dropped an atomic bomb, Aug. 6, 1945, at the end of World War II. Around 140,000 people, or more than half of Hiroshima's population at the time, died.
We talked to them [the prisoners] and in my very limited German I say to them, “We’re Americans - we will save you!” but they don’t say anything. They don’t yell. They don’t cheer. They just stand there, silently. They’re beyond making a noise. They’re beyond having a voice. Prisoner shows him the stoves. He says dont forget. I couldnt. Even if I wanted to.
Jonestown mass-suicide/mass murder- November 18, 1978: The Peoples Temple "cult leader" Jim Jones convinced 909 Temple members to commit a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Over 200 children were murdered at Jonestown by being forced to drink cyanide by the Temples "highest members."
A battered German officer sits on the pavement during the Prague Uprising. The uprising was an attempt by the Czech Resistance to liberate the city of Prague from German occupation. Events began on 5 May 1945. The uprising continued until 8 May 1945, ending in a German victory and ceasefire. Victory though was short-lived.Τhe Soviet Army arrived in the city on 9 May 1945. Prague, Czechoslovakia (now, Czech Republic). 5 May 1945. Image taken by Zdeněk Tmej.