Hidden Histories: Unseen War Photos and the Stories They Tell

By Sophia Maddox | May 2, 2024

Through the Ringer 

Amidst the noise and glamour of Hollywood and pop culture, it's easy to forget that history is replete with brutal and horrific moments of conflict and war. These moments are documented through photographs that capture the heart-wrenching stories of those who have witnessed the worst of humanity. As you scroll through this gallery of war photos, you will encounter images that show the human cost of war, the devastation it causes, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

These photos offer a glimpse into a different side of history, one that is often forgotten or ignored in mainstream narratives. They serve as a reminder that war is not just about battles and tactics, but about the lives of ordinary people caught in the crossfire. We invite you to take a moment to view these images with empathy and understanding, to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who have been impacted by war, and to reflect on what we can do to prevent future conflicts. Keep reading to bear witness to the raw reality of war through the eyes of those who have captured it with their cameras.

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One British officer, Adrian Carton de Wiart, went through it all during WWII. He was shot in the ankle, leg, stomach, hip, ear, head face, bit off his own fingers, survived a plane crash and tunneled himself out of an any camp. He later said that he enjoyed the war.

WWII claimed a few hundred thousand planes 

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Source: USA Social Condition

Fleets of planes filled the skies on various missions throughout the war. Pictured here is just one out of the 94,000 United States aircrafts lost during World War II. Comparatively speaking, Germany also lost quite a few planes, totaling at 76,000. And even more devastating was the Soviet Union’s loss of over 106,000 planes.