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Take a look at these photos. Pretty HD black and whites.

The first 44 photos in this collection are pretty amazing,

Photo #45 is a real eye opener. I had heard that these guys existed but this is the first time I had ever seen a photo of them. 29 years surviving on his on.

You probably never have, and most likely will never see these pixs again..

I don't know where they've been but some are brilliant.

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/10/world-war-ii-after-the-war/100180/


The entire series of photos can be viewed here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/pages/ww2/
 

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Fantastic work, number 37 was moving having spent a couple years in Israel . Having parents who were warriors and Rosie the riveter (sp) during WWII these hit home.
 

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Fantastic work, number 37 was moving having spent a couple years in Israel . Having parents who were warriors and Rosie the riveter (sp) during WWII these hit home.
Exactly. Some may not remember the thoughts of parents and grandparents who were involved in all of this, but certainly worth a look to see how war or basically a failure of civilization as we know it really can be beyond what many have only seen on TV or at the movies. Glad you enjoyed it
 

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I love looking at old photographs, and WW II photographs, even more so. I looked at 1 - 45 and bookmarked the big collection to look at tomorrow. :)

I hope they keep it up for awhile on their server.
 

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It is hard to live up to the standards and expectations set by our parents and grandparents who were the true heroes of our time, but as their offspring we can at least live as well as they fought, worked and dreamed for us to live.
Very true Alpha - they did face what was viewed, and in many cases was a true earth ending situation. Even those at home had to make more sacrifices versus what many could even imagine. People don't realize how well we have it and how quickly we could fall into another situation like the one that existed in the 40's
 

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I love looking at old photographs, and WW II photographs, even more so. I looked at 1 - 45 and bookmarked the big collection to look at tomorrow. :)

I hope they keep it up for awhile on their server.
Don't think it will go anywhere. I have downloaded every one of the pics they have. Really good quality, and many I have never seen before.
 

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WOW...I have read, looked at pictures/movies of WW2 for years and I have never seen these before.

They were very moving. My dad was in the war (European theatre) and I am always trying to get a feel for what it must have been like. He never spoke about the details but would only say when we would asked him "I just carried a rifle across France & Germany". We only learned of his awards and accomplishments at his funeral.....it's just the way he was.

Thanks you for posting these pictures East Coast...you made my day!
 

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WOW...I have read, looked at pictures/movies of WW2 for years and I have never seen these before.

They were very moving. My dad was in the war (European theatre) and I am always trying to get a feel for what it must have been like. He never spoke about the details but would only say when we would asked him "I just carried a rifle across France & Germany". We only learned of his awards and accomplishments at his funeral.....it's just the way he was.

Thanks you for posting these pictures East Coast...you made my day!
That kind of nails it. None that I know of this era ever tried relating the experiences of cold hard war. My grandfather was in WWI and he only mentioned in passing that he was there after we asked repeatedly about it.
 

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WOW...I have read, looked at pictures/movies of WW2 for years and I have never seen these before.

They were very moving. My dad was in the war (European theatre) and I am always trying to get a feel for what it must have been like. He never spoke about the details but would only say when we would asked him "I just carried a rifle across France & Germany". We only learned of his awards and accomplishments at his funeral.....it's just the way he was.

Thanks you for posting these pictures East Coast...you made my day!
That kind of nails it. None that I know of this era ever tried relating the experiences of cold hard war. My grandfather was in WWI and he only mentioned in passing that he was there after we asked repeatedly about it.
My Dad served in the ET in WWII as well. None of us kids really knew anything about his service except that he served.

After he passed, and I found his Army discharge, it turns out he had been awarded multiple purple hearts and multiple bronze stars and a couple of others. A little more digging and I found his unit was in some awful places. He never said a word. Even my Mom never knew.

It seems that was more the rule than the exception.
 
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