More than 75 years after it was fought, World War II still captivates public consciouness, a moment when humanity was allowed the rare opportunity to fight back against a black-and-white villain. Over the course of six years and countless battles, the Allied Powers tried valiantly to stem the rolling tide of oppression fostered by Adolph Hitler and the Axis Powers. The effort was documented more than any prior conflict, and World War II photos still paint a vivid picture of the Great War.
Yet, for every act of heroism, there were a dozen heartbreaks. Young boys from all over the world lost their lives or were injured while overseas. In these instances, soldiers were rushed to a field hospital, where teams of men and women struggled to save soldiers’ lives amid scant supplies and constant bombardment. Hospitals during the Second World War were hectic and unnerving places, and at times more tragic than the battlefield itself, and at others a place of profound resolve and hope.