30 Historical Photos From WW2 You Haven’t Seen Before 

Picturing the area across Europe that saw fierce conflicts throughout the duration of the war, between September 1939 and May 1945. The day when Germany unconditionally surrendered, May 8, is celebrated as Victory in Europe Day; Russia and parts of Eastern Europe celebrate VE Day on May 9. We look back at some images from one of the violent conflicts in human history.

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German troops enter Warsaw, Poland, in 1939.

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Free City of Danzig, a semi-autonomous city-state which was in existence between 1920 and 1939, as seen on Aug. 29, 1939.

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Members of a propaganda company within the battle zone report the events during the campaign in Poland in September 1939.

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German troops positioned in Warsaw on Sept. 15, 1939.

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German soldiers search Jews for weapons in September 1939.

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Hitler legitimizes military aggression against Poland in his speech at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin in 1939.

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Hitler inspecting a group of SA (Sturmabteilung) members in Germany in 1939. SA was the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party.

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A German watch column in Paris, circa 1940.

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The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. built more than 90,000 motorcycles during World War II for the armed forces.

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American troops stationed in England man an anti-aircraft gun at an airbase, circa 1940s.

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A gasoline refinery and storage facility used by Nazi armed forces goes up in flames after a bombing raid by the U.S. 9th Army Air Force in Ploiești, Romania, in 1943.

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U.S. soldiers pause and look toward the sky while on the gangplank as they board a ship to go fight overseas during World War II.

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French singer Édith Piaf visits a prisoner-of-war camp in 1943.

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American troops play a game of craps in London, England.

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American soldiers swim in full kit during a training session in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in London in 1943.

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After months of hard training and battle, U.S. soldiers register apparent happiness at their embarkation for the invasion of Europe. These invaders are being transferred to larger craft aboard an LCVP (amphibious landing craft).

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A donut canteen is set up by the American Red Cross near the Vatican.

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U.S. navigator Tom Trainer (L) stands with pilot Jim Davis next to their damaged Martin B-26 Marauder bomber.

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An American G.I. rests during a mission in Normandy, France, in 1944.

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U.S. troops ready to board landing ships at Weymouth, England, for Normandy invasion in 1944.

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Bombs dropped by the U.S. 12th Army Air Force bombers fall upon Terni in Italy.

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American 2nd Armored Division troops and vehicles parade through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to celebrate the Liberation of France in 1944.

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Soldiers of the U.S. 7th Army wave triumphantly from the roof of a Maginot fort that they captured in France.

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Viewed from a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress of the 8th AAF command, explosions are seen on a ball-bearing plant and aircraft engine repair depot in Paris, France.

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Germany’s dive bombers Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka on mission at the Kandalaksha front in June 1944.

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U.S. troops march down the Champs-Élysées in Paris with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.

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U.S. soldiers unload refrigerated drums labelled ‘ETO Blood Bank’ (European Theater of Operations) from a row of supply planes, in France, mid-1940s. The drum containers use dry ice to keep the blood from spoiling.

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Potsdam Station in Berlin destroyed as a result of four big raids – two by the RAF and two by United States forces – at the end of the war.

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An American Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber lies vertically after overturning during take-off on the Allied 15th Air Division base in Italy in April 1945.

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American soldiers enjoy a farewell drink in an English pub before they leave for home, after the war was over, in 1945.

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  1. Patricia Frankfurth says

    This was a very interesting album of photos during ww2.. Hope I keep getting these kind of interesting photos.

  2. Judith Thompson says

    Can these photos be purchased?

  3. Robert says

    Could that be private Dracula with the slight smile on his face?

  4. Robert Wolfe says

    Private Dracula out front with the slight smile?

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