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

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A British sentry cuts a lonely picture as he stands at his post at sunrise in France, March 1915

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A German boy walks down a dirt road flanked by rows of victims of German extermination practices at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 20 May 1945.

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Remembering D-Day, 66 years ago

Aerial view of the Normandy Invasion, on June 6th, 1944.

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.

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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.

rare photo from the ruins of nagasaki, taken one month after americans dropped an atom bomb on japan in 1945

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.

On this day, March 1, 1936, the Hoover Dam was completed. More than 5,000 people were employed by Six Companies, Inc. to construct the dam. Construction began in 1931 and over 100 workers died.

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.

1945. Germany. German civilians being forced by the Canadian troops to give the victims of the concentration camp a proper burial.

Atlanta in the Civil War before Gen. Sherman burned the city to the ground. Wagon train on Marietta St.

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.