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Old School Pictures from World War 2

Updated May 1, 2020 46.0k votes 16.7k voters 3.7m views11 items

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World War 2 pictures capture everything from presidents and prime ministers to ordinary soldiers. As cameras became smaller and more portable, World War 2 images were taken in every country at war, and of virtually every battle. These rare World War 2 pictures capture not just the combat and danger, but the mundane moments in the lives of troops on both sides.

Many unseen pictures of World War 2 are just of soldiers goofing around or posing with their weapons. Such candid pictures aren't just found on the Allied side, but on the Axis as well, as many young German soldiers were captured playing around and carrying out their daily tasks. The photos make the war come alive in a way that most WWII documentaries or history books don't - showing young men in difficult situations trying to retain their humanity and have a little bit of fun, even with danger all around them.

Here are some of the best old school photos of WW2, taken all over the world.

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    Paratroopers Applying Makeup, 1944

    Photo: Unknown/National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    British Rescue Dog Rip After An Air Raid, 1941

    Photo: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    US Troops Pose On A Captured German Railway Gun, 1945

    Photo: T5c. Pat. W. Kohl, U.S. Army / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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    A Cat Takes A Nap On A Royal Navy Ship, 1941

    Photo: Beadell, S J (Lt), Royal Navy official photographer / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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