Military Old School Pictures from World War 2  

Mike Rothschild
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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, mugging for the camera, 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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Weary US Marine with a Cigarette

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US Troops Pose on a Captured German Railway Gun

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Photo: T5c. Pat. W. Kohl, U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Paratroopers Prepare to Jump Into Normandy

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RAF Pilot Grabs a Nap During the Battle of Britain

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