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A first for the general public, the picture of the “mushroom cloud”? is a very accurate approximation of the enormous quantity of energy spread below. The first atomic bomb, released on August 6 in Hiroshima(Japan) killed about 80,000 people, but it didn’t seem enough because the Japanese didn’t surrender right away. Therefore, on August 9 another bomb was released above Nagasaki. The effects of the second bomb were even more devastating – 150,000 people were killed or injured.

Bombing of Dresden in the night of February 13th and 14th 1945. At least 35,000 people were killed.

Dresden Germany, WWII and now. The bombing here during WWII was horrific. Allied bombers and Dresden's people were all victim's of Hitler's madness!

This Day in WWII History: Feb 13, 1945: Firebombing of Dresden

This Day in WWII History: Feb 13, 1945: Firebombing of Dresden

History of nuclear weapons. Shown: Nagasaki bomb victim Sumiteru Taniguchi looks at a photo of himself taken in 1945.

People sit on the curb amongst the confetti, ticker-tape and paper from the parade celebrating the end of WWII in NYC on VJ Day. August 14, 1945.

Anderson Shelter 1940. These bomb shelters were given free to needy people by the U.K.goverment in 1939.If you earned more than 5 Pounds a week you had to buy one for 7 Pounds. Soon after Sept. 1939 over 2 million families had these shelters in their gardens. from Etiennedup on flickr

These are Buchenwald concentration camp guards who have gotten a beating from the prisoners upon liberation of camp by the Americans. The picture was taken in April 1945, by the U.S. military photographer Elizabeth Miller.

Miners in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, by Margaret Bourke-White 1945

1945, 18-year-old Princess Elizabeth II convinced her father that she should be allowed to contribute directly to the war effort. She joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) where she was known as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, trained as a driver & drove a military truck while she served. This training was the first time she had been taught together with other students.