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World War II in Photos - A Retrospective in 20 Parts
The Atlantic ^ | June 19, 2011 | Alan Taylor

Posted on 11/05/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT by bigbob

World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction. While feats of bravery and technological breakthroughs still inspire awe today, the majority of the war was dominated by unimaginable misery and destruction. In the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world.

This series of entries was originally posted weekly to TheAtlantic.com from June 19 through October 30, 2011, running every Sunday morning for 20 weeks. In this collection of 900 photos over 20 essays, I tried to explore the events of the war, the people involved at the front and back home, and the effects the war had on everyday lives. These images still give us glimpses into the real-life experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today. There were thousands of events affecting millions of lives, and I hope that I was able to do justice to this important story in this large-photo narrative format and thank you for joining along the way.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: alantaylor; godsgravesglyphs; navair; retrospective; worldwartwo; ww2; wwii; wwiiphotos
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Highly recommend taking the time to look at this outstanding photo essay about the most significant event in the lives of many of us, our parents, and grandparents.

The timing is appropriate, as we near Veterans Day, to offer our heartfelt thanks to all those who served in this, and all other wars.

1 posted on 11/05/2011 10:19:15 AM PDT by bigbob
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I have been looking at work when we are dead. This is amazing.


2 posted on 11/05/2011 10:24:25 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: magslinger

Some amazing pics...suggest you ping the list..


3 posted on 11/05/2011 10:29:16 AM PDT by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: bigbob

Awesome!

My grandfather was in WWII. I wish he were still alive so I could talk to him about it. I was too young/naive/ignorant to appreciate what he was a part of during our time together. My father was in Vietnam, but he won’t say much about it whenever I try to get him to talk about it.


4 posted on 11/05/2011 10:35:09 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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Understand, my dad is 87 and still in pretty good health, but like most WWII veterans doesn’t talk much about those times. These pictures help us gain some insight into what it must have been like.


5 posted on 11/05/2011 10:40:24 AM PDT by bigbob
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Those photos were magnificent...and sobering. Thanks, Atlantic.


6 posted on 11/05/2011 10:43:08 AM PDT by Da Coyote (Politics is proof of God. He created a position for those without any abilities whatsoever.)
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If FR Is Your Garden Of Sanity, Please Feed It


Click The Pic

7 posted on 11/05/2011 10:51:18 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: cripplecreek

ping


8 posted on 11/05/2011 10:54:01 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: bigbob

Thanks, bigbob.


9 posted on 11/05/2011 10:57:06 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: bigbob

Thanks!


10 posted on 11/05/2011 11:01:34 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: bigbob

My Dad was in a sub in the Pacific. As I got older, he would indulge into more stories.
I could see in his eyes though, there was a lot that remained untold.


11 posted on 11/05/2011 11:07:45 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: KoRn; bigbob; twistedwrench
Those of you with relatives who served in the military during WW II should check the registry of the World War II Memorial. If they are not already listed, you can enter their names.

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=intro

12 posted on 11/05/2011 11:15:18 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: bigbob

Thank you for this...


13 posted on 11/05/2011 11:15:59 AM PDT by JDoutrider (The democrat party has morphed into an evil institution that is hell bent on destroying America.)
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To: bigbob
World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction.

Interesting photos, but it would be more accurate to lead-off the story with "The Great War is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1914 until 1918, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction. "

Europe never recovered from The Great War.

14 posted on 11/05/2011 11:18:29 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=intro


15 posted on 11/05/2011 11:26:58 AM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what? Channel surfing without a remote since 2001)
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;)


16 posted on 11/05/2011 11:30:44 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (tagline goes here)
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To: bigbob

bump


17 posted on 11/05/2011 11:32:46 AM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: bigbob

Thanks! That is an outstanding set of images. Loads of them, too.


18 posted on 11/05/2011 11:42:29 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: bigbob

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19 posted on 11/05/2011 11:51:18 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1st Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: bigbob

For later...


20 posted on 11/05/2011 12:23:23 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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