World War ll
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In a photo that speaks of fear, bravery, and an unknown threat, members of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, commonly known as WAACs, don their first gas masks at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. The female troops were famously praised by General Douglas MacArthur, who called them “my best soldiers.”
This photo, in which three American soldiers lie dead in the sand on Buna Beach in New Guinea, was taken in February 1943, but was not published until September. It was the first time an image of dead American troops appeared in LIFE during World War II without the bodies being draped, in coffins, or otherwise covered up. George Strock’s Buna Beach photo
12 Apr 21: Canada develops a defense scheme should America invade them. Their plan calls for a rapid offense and occupation of Seattle, Great Falls, Minneapolis and Albany to buy time for British reinforcements to arrive. This plan will be terminated in 1928 and WWII will solidify an enduring friendship between the US and all nations of the United Kingdom. #WWII #History
It is hard to look at photo after photo, but we must! A pile of bodies left to rot in the Bergen-Belsen camp, in Bergen, Germany, found after the camp was liberated by British forces on April 20, 1945. Some 60,000 civilians, most suffering from typhus, typhoid and dysentery, were dying by the hundreds daily, despite the frantic efforts by medical services rushed to the camp.
"Adolf Hitler visits the city of Eshelbronn after an allied bombing raid in 1944. This is a rare image of the Führer reaching out to see with his own eyes the suffering of the German people. As a matter of routine, Hitler did not take to the streets of bombed cities -- not even Berlin's."