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Not published in LIFE. Alternate view of beach seen in famous George Strock photo, Buna, New Guinea Campaign, WWII.

Not published in LIFE. Alternate view of beach seen in famous George Strock photo, Buna, New Guinea Campaign, WWII.

WWII Russian Nurse Aids Wounded Soldier during Battle on Front. Orig Press Photo. Bundesarchive photos.

WWII Russian Nurse Aids Wounded Soldier during Battle on Front. Orig Press Photo. Bundesarchive photos.

Memories: The land is still pockmarked with the trenches and craters left behind after the fierce fighting

The dark secrets of the French forest blocked off 100 years after WW1

Memories: The land is still pockmarked with the trenches and craters left behind after the fierce fighting

Soviet soldiers hoisting the Soviet flag in Berlin, German. World War II, 1945.

Soviet soldiers hoisting the Soviet flag in Berlin, German. World War II, 1945.

World War II history gallery British troops land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, the beginning of the Allied invasion of France to establish a second front against German forces in Europe. Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.

World War II history gallery British troops land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, the beginning of the Allied invasion of France to establish a second front against German forces in Europe. Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.

Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood,near Hooge in the Ypres salient,29 October 1917.

Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood,near Hooge in the Ypres salient,29 October 1917.

American tank crew checks its map in Normandy, 1944.

Scenes of 'Fury': The Brutal Reality of Tank Warfare in World War II

Soviet soldiers are photographed on the streets of the Czech village of Cotkytle following the Soviet liberation of the region from the Germans. The soldier in the foreground carries with him an Waffen-SS dagger affixed to his belt, taken as a...pin by Paolo Marzioli

Soviet soldiers are photographed on the streets of the Czech village of Cotkytle following the Soviet liberation of the region from the Germans. The soldier in the foreground carries with him an Waffen-SS dagger affixed to his belt, taken as a...pin by Paolo Marzioli

On the battlefield of Iwo Jima this Japanese soldier buried himself for a day and a half in a shell hole playing dead while holding a live grenade inches from his hand. It was only by chance he was discovered—the Marines feared his body might have been booby trapped, so they knocked the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole.   After, the Japanese soldier surrendered with the promise of no resistance, and asked for a cigarette, which he received before being dragged from the hole by the…

On the battlefield of Iwo Jima this Japanese soldier buried himself for a day and a half in a shell hole playing dead while holding a live grenade inches from his hand. It was only by chance he was discovered—the Marines feared his body might have been booby trapped, so they knocked the grenade to the bottom of the shell hole. After, the Japanese soldier surrendered with the promise of no resistance, and asked for a cigarette, which he received before being dragged from the hole by the…

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