THE MOST ICONIC PHOTOS OF THE 1940S

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Raising a flag over the Reichstag, by Yevgeny ...

Raising a flag over the Reichstag, by Yevgeny Khaldei (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Fel...

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The flags from the first and second flag raisi...

The flags from the first and second flag raisings are conserved in the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The second flag, pictured here, was damaged by the high winds at the peak of Suribachi. Like all American flags during World War II, it has 48 stars, since Alaska and Hawaii were not yet U.S. states. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Betty Grable

Betty Grable (Photo credit: twm1340)

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal's ...

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal’s historic photo depicts five United States Marines and one sailor raising an American flag over Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The image above is an Associated Press photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography. It was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mussolini (left) and Hitler sent their armies ...

Mussolini (left) and Hitler sent their armies to North Africa and into Egypt against the British (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s: Hitler in Paris, 1940

Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s Hitler In Paris

Taken at the height of World War Two and after Adolf Hitler had taken Paris, this picture depicts Hitler surveying his conquest with his various cronies and became one of the most iconic photos of the 1940s and World War 2.

The Last Jew in Vinnitsa, 1941

Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s Last Jew of Vinnitsa

This powerful image of the death of the last Jew in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, was found in the album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier. The name of the image comes from the label at the back of the photo, and succinctly conveys what happened in Vinnitsa: all 28,000 of the Jews living there were killed.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 Photograph

Shot in 1943, this is one of the best-known pictures of World War Two, as it depicts the terror inspired by the Nazis. The image shows the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, which was home to thousands of Jewish citizens escaping the Nazi regime. Though the most poignant part of picture is the frightened little boy in the foreground with his hands up as he is forcibly removed from his hiding place.

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s: D-Day, 1944

Omaha Beach D-Day Photograph

Taken by Robert Capa, the iconic D-Day photograph depicts the bloody World War Two front at Omaha Beach. The eerie, blurred image may have been produced by an eager assistant who melted the exposures together, but that only adds to the haunting depiction of the chaos of war.

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s: V-J Day, 1945

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s VJ Day

This iconic photo depicts the jubilance and relief expressed throughout America when armistice was declared in World War Two. Contrary to popular opinion, the two in the picture were not lovers; the soldier was jubilantly planting kisses on women in Times Square – this lucky nurse was just one of them.

Raising a flag over the Reichstag, 1945

Reichstag Soviet Flag Raising

Depicting Soviet troops raising their flag atop the German Reichstag building, this iconic photo was taken by Yevgeny Khaldei during the Battle of Berlin on May 2, 1945. Considered one of the most popular and identifiable images of war, the photo was so popular because the usurpation of the historically significant building symbolized the downfall the Soviets’ enemy. The takedown occurred after a lengthy and bloody battle within the buildings walls.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, 1945

Iwo Jima Photograph

A Pulitzer prize winning photo, this image by Joe Rosenthal shows U.S Marines patriotically raising the flag on top of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WW2. Half of the men depicted in the picture died in battle.

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s: Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima, 1945

Iconic Photos Of The 1940s Atomic Bomb

This profound image depicts the explosion of an atomic bomb on August 6th in Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb ever used and the mushroom cloud in the photo gives the scope of the devastation: 150,000 people were killed or injured.

The first computer, 1946

The First Computer Picture

The images of the first computer debuted in February 1946 when the device comprised 18,000 vacuum tubes, many wires and 170,000 watts of power and filled a 1,500 square foot room.

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s: Dalí Atomicus, 1948

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s Dali Atomicus

This surreal image was taken by Philippe Halsman as homage to both the new atomic age and to Salvador Dali’s surrealist masterpiece “Leda Atomica”. The bizarre photograph is actually a combination of people jumping and water and cats being thrown. The shoot took six hours, 28 jumps and various assistants throwing things in the air.

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