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These Eye-Opening Photos Show Nature Reclaiming An Old WWII Combat Zone

Updated December 20, 2018 27.9k votes 5.7k voters 354.8k views11 items

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WWII – spanning from 1939 to 1945 – left irreparable destruction in its wake. As such, many pictures from that period are difficult for the modern viewer to digest. Images of people and lands that didn't survive the turmoil are still taboo. As time passes, however, Earth evolves, refusing to leave her grounds permanently scarred. 

The photographs on this list show artifacts mostly sourced from the German Siege of Leningrad in Russia. Overcome by greenery in the Neva Bridgehead area, these relics from WWII are metaphorically indicative of nature's response to human transgressions. The image of a young tree growing through a fallen soldier's helmet, for example, demonstrates that with time, nature can ease even our most macabre wrongs. Maybe even more idyllically, nature can create tranquility among remnants of tragedy.

Though WWII irrevocably changed the world, nature has found a way to fight back.

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    This Maxim Gun Has Nearly Been Swallowed By This Tree

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    This Tree, Too, Grew Through What A Hole In A Soldier's Helmet

    Photo: dasBild / Imgur
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    Even Mother Nature Has A Right To Bear Arms, As Evidenced By This Tree

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    A Tree Grew Around This Shell From A 75mm Field Gun

    Photo: dasBild / Imgur
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