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

By Sophia Maddox | December 14, 2023

A happy and newly liberated France 

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Pictured here is the aftermath of the battle of Normandy. The battle led to the successful liberation of France from the hold of Germany. As you can see, everyone was relieved and grateful the battle was won. Here are crowds of citizens greeting and thanking American soldiers for helping them.

Hiroshima was obliterated by the United States

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So you got this B-29 bomber, Enola Gay, taking off from Tinian, headed straight for Japan in the early hours of August 6, 1945. Their target? Hiroshima, the city nestled on the southwestern Honshu Island, home to nearly 300,000 civilians and an army of about 43,000 soldiers.

The bomber flies low to the ground on automatic pilot, until they finally reach 31,000 feet. Then, at about 8:15 a.m. Hiroshima time, they drop the bomb. They call it "Little Boy," but don't let the name fool you. That thing weighed almost 10,000 pounds, and it was made of uranium.

The bomb detonated about 1,900 feet above the city, right over a parade field where Japanese soldiers were doing calisthenics. It lit up the whole damn sky, and you could feel it for miles.

The aftermath was devastating. 140,000 people killed. 70% of all buildings destroyed. Survivors left to suffer, not just from the physical burns, but from the generational after-effects of radiation.

And the worst part? We'll never know for sure how many people died as a result of that attack. Some 70,000 people probably died from the initial blast and radiation effects. About twenty American airmen were held as prisoners in that city. By the end of 1945, because of the fallout and other after-effects, the death toll was probably over 100,000. And the death toll kept climbing. Cancer and other long-term effects took hold, and the five-year death total may have reached or even exceeded 200,000.