War Photos From The Past You Would Never Find In History Books

By Sophia Maddox | May 30, 2023

MAY 10TH, 1951

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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Three Korean communists navigated the seas to escape to safer land. However, before they could arrive at their destination, they were captured by the USS Manchester in a fishing boat just off the coast of Korea.

German POWs Captured by Americans

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After the U.S. joined in on World War II, the Brits came a-calling, asking for a little help with their prisoner housing situation. They needed the U.S. to take in 175,000 prisoners, but the Americans were none too pleased about it. They weren't prepared for this kind of thing. They barely had any experience with POWs from the last war, so they had no clue how to handle basic needs like food, clothing, and housing for their prisoners

And on top of all that, there was the whole security issue. The American government was worried that having Germans on their soil would make people nervous, and they didn't want to take away any Germans who were already fighting for the cause.

Despite all the "wild rumors" flying around about how the Allies treated their prisoners, some of those Germans were actually happy to be captured by the Brits or the Americans. They knew that being captured by the Soviets was a whole other ballgame. And some of them, well, they just didn't agree with Nazism or the way their country was handling the war.

The American shipped the German prisoners over in these Liberty Ships, which were headed back to the States empty anyway. They'd send over as many as 30,000 prisoners per month to New York or Virginia, where they'd be processed and sent to their designated camps. And you know what? The good treatment started right away. They fed these guys substantial meals aboard the ships, and when they arrived in America, they were blown away by the comfort of the Pullman cars that carried them to their prison camps. They couldn't believe how big this country was, and how it seemed to be doing just fine despite the war raging on.