Weird History 16 Haunting Photographs of WWII Hospitals  

Justin Andress
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More than 75 years after it was fought, WWII 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 WWII photos still paint a vivid picture of one of history's most brutal conflicts.

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 WWII were hectic and unnerving places, and at times more tragic than the battlefield itself, and at others a place of profound resolve and hope.

German Prisoner Treated in Partisan Field Hospital
German Prisoner Treated in Par... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 Haunting Photographs of WWII Hospitals
Photo: John Phillips / Contributor/Life Picture Collection/Getty Images
Soldier Treated For Burns After Ship Attacked By Kamikaze Pilot 
Soldier Treated For Burns Afte... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Haunting Photographs of WWII Hospitals
Photo: Lt. Victor Jorgensen / Contributor/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images
Aftermath Of A German Attack On A Russian Hospital, Leningrad 1942
Aftermath Of A German Attack O... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Haunting Photographs of WWII Hospitals
Photo: TASS / Contributor/Getty Images
Soldiers Injured in the Battle of Peleliu
Soldiers Injured in the Battle... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Haunting Photographs of WWII Hospitals
Photo: USMC/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain