This is a representative sampling of photographs from World War II that can be found in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration. For more information on materials from World War II visit our World War II Records page.
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Hitler accepts the ovation of the Reichstag after announcing the `peaceful acquisition of Austria. It set the stage to annex the Czechoslovakian Sudetenland, largely inhabited by a German- speaking population. Berlin, March 1938. 208-N-39843.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany, ca. June 1940. Download free nypd patch blue bloods software. 242-EB-7-38.
A Frenchman weeps as German soldiers march into the French capital, Paris, on June 14, 1940, after the Allied armies had been driven back across France. 208-PP-10A-3.
USS SHAW exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941. 80-G-16871.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Declaration of War against Japan, December 8, 1941. 79-AR-82.
We Can Do It. Color poster by J. Howard Miller. 179-WP- 1563.*
Stars over Berlin and Tokyo will soon replace these factory lights reflected in the noses of planes at Douglas Aircraft s Long Beach, Calif., plant. Women workers groom lines of transparent noses for deadly A-20 attack bombers. Alfred Palmer, October 1942. 208-AA-352QQ-5.
Officer at periscope in control room of submarine. Ca. 1942. 80-G-11258.
Howard A. Wooten. Graduated December 1944 from Air Corps School, Tuskegee, AL. Ca. December 1944. 18-T-44-K-17.
Back to a Coast Guard assault transport comes this Marine after two days and nights of Hell on the beach of Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. His face is grimey with coral dust but the light of battle stays in his eyes. February 1944. 26-G-3394.
Landing on the coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire are these American soldiers, shown just as they left the ramp of a Coast Guard landing boat. CPhoM. Robert F. Sargent, June 6, 1944. 26-G-2343.
Nurses of a field hospital who arrived in France via England and Egypt after three years service. Parker, August 12, 1944. 112-SGA-44-10842.
Cpl. Carlton Chapman..is a machine-gunner in an M-4 tank, attached to a Motor Transport unit near Nancy, France. 761st Mt. Bn. November 5, 1944. Ryan. 111-SC-196106-S.
Flag raising on Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press, February 23, 1945. 80-G-413988.
Standing in the grassy sod bordering row upon row of white crosses in an American cemetery, two dungaree-clad Coast Guardsmen pay silent homage to the memory of a fellow Coast Guardsman who lost his life in action in the Ryukyu Islands. Benrud, ca. 1945. 26-G-4739.
Pfc Angelo B. Reina, 391st Inf. Regt., guards a lonely Oahu beach position. Kahuku, Oahu. Rosenberg, Hawaii, March 1945. 111-SC-221867.
Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., pilot of the ENOLA GAY, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, waves from his cockpit before the takeoff, 6 August 1945. 208-LU-13H-5.
New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square. Lt. Victor Jorgensen, August 14, 1945. 80-G-377094.
These World War 1 propaganda posters courtesy of the U.S. government provide a fascinating look at the America of a century ago in the midst of the Great War.
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Contemporary pundits and politicians referred to World War I as 'the war to end all wars.' And they had good reason to: History had never seen anything close to the devastation that this conflict brought.
Approximately 17 million soldiers and civilians died between 1914 and 1918, while artillery shrapnel, machine guns, and the like wounded yet another 20 million who were then left with amputations and life-wrenching disabilities.
Many Americans balked at entering such a war, and who could blame them. Furthermore, some Americans of German ancestry took Germany's side in the conflict and weren't eager to fight against their homeland.
Facing such obstacles, the U.S. government's first task was convincing Americans to support the war. Luckily, the U.S. was leading the way in the burgeoning art of advertising.
This advertising know-how quickly became instrumental in creating wartime propaganda that would shape both American mentalities about Europe, and about how Americans' own ethnic backgrounds fit into a larger, unified American cultural identity.
With that in mind, it's not too difficult to imagine how the pioneering World War 1 propaganda posters above would have made countless Americans willing to dive headlong into a conflict the likes of which the world had never seen.
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