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20 Iconic Wartime Photos That Will Melt Your Heart/Celebrate Humanity

20 Iconic Wartime Photos That Will Melt Your Heart/Celebrate Humanity

Wars are horrific events and leave strong marks on all the people, no matter how they contribute to the war effort. From the desperate mothers left alone to fend for themselves and their children, to the women who worked long hours in the munition factories and right to the photographers which took some of the following moving wartime photos, sometimes paid with their own life, wars remain horrible events in history. And most of all, their story is told via these emotional images, which stand high in the people’s conscious, whispering them to avoid the onset of another war.

However, some people seem to forget these events and look for war in the modern era, which possess the power to eradicate all life on Earth.

1. The goodbye kiss between HIM and HER just before he left for World War II is full of hidden feelings: passion, love and fear.The horrible fear of this being the last moment when the two kiss, as he might not make it back home alive. During the world 400.000 American soldiers were killed, so this memento taken in New York Penn Station in 1944 by Alfred Eisenstaedt repeated for the last time for thousand of couples. One should note the extreme connotation of a public kiss, back in 1944, when people were not allowed to be intimate in public.

Couple in Penn Station sharing farewell kiss before he

    2. Nowadays there are no photos of corpses, as they are prohibited from being made public. But this horrific picture which shows three dead American soldiers, half buried in sand on the Buna Beach, New Guinea, taken in 1943, is one strong staple of the war terror and had been released for the public by the censorship organisation, to raise awareness of the horrors of the war.

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      3. The Statue of Liberty, pictured here during a blackout, in 1943, signifies the nation’s hope and attitude towards war; despite the news here horrible, there was a lot of hope, which eventually helped America to be on the winner’s side.

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      moving wartime photos statue

        4. During Hitler’s campaign to unite Austria and Germany, in 1938, the Austrian crowds presented the salutation “Heil Hitler”, imposed by the dictator. The faces in the crowd show not only complete obedience for the kaiser, but also reveal a terrifying indoctrination, as the people seem to had been brainwashed by the lively speech held by Hitler.

        moving wartime photos hitler

          5. The horror and the tenderness make a touching pair in this photo taken on Saipan, Japan, in 1944, when the American troops cleared a cave-rich area of Japanese soldiers and civilians. This baby was the only person found alive in the area, as all the caves were filled with corpses. The fact the baby was found hidden behind a stone shows how desperate was her mother to keep her baby alive. And she did, but paid the supreme price on his behalf.

          moving wartime photos infant

            6. In a country ravished by segregation, African Americans enrolled to fight for their adoptive country, despite the fact they were not welcomed in it. Pictured here in one of the most moving wartime photos, the first squad of afro pilots received instructions from their lieutenant in 1942. The Tuskegee fliers served their country with a lot of commitment during the WWII.

            moving wartime photos africans

              7. A young woman welder sneak peaks at the photographer in 1943 in one moving wartime photos which depicted women working in the factories to build guns and munition in order to sustain the war effort.

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              moving wartime photos welder

                8. George Lott is depicted in one of the moving wartime photos which featured doctors attending the soldiers in 1944. In this picture, Dr. Lott is casting a mold after one wounded soldier during the making of an article for the LIFE magazine which revealed the quality of the medical treatment received behind the lines.

                moving wartime photos doctor

                  9. American troopers discuss near the corpse of a Japanese soldier, revealing one shocking fact about the Japanese culture and behavior during the war. One of the most moving wartime photos were taken of the 200 men who were captured by the Americans, while more than 2000 Asians chose to commit suicide rather than survive in the enemy’s hands.

                  moving wartime photos toopers

                    10. 1945 many moving wartime photos depicted the joy brought by the news the Japanese surrendered and the war ended. Here, American troops in Philippines are enjoying the moment.

                    moving wartime photos joy

                      11. Another great image from August 1945, which is part of the big database with moving wartime photos, was taken in Times Square. The young couple enjoy the peace. The greatness of this moment is pictured on their faces, which look tired, yet greatly relieved by the news.

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                      moving wartime photos couple

                        12. This entry in the moving wartime photos list was taken by Henri Huet, a French war photographer who paid the supreme price during the war. In this photo American troopers are pictured during a crossing, holding their weapons above their heads to prevent them from becoming wet.

                        moving wartime photos crossing

                          13. Desolation paints the faces of Asian soldiers who sleep in a truck following a military action. This picture entered the top of moving wartime photos because it manages to stir deep emotions to the viewer, who understands that all the soldiers were equally affected by the war.

                          moving wartime photos desolation

                            14. The final moments before an execution are pictured here, as part of the most horrific events which took place in the war. Police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan is about to execute Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem.

                            moving wartime photos execution

                              15. A young soldier wears anti-war message on his helmet, making this image one of the moving wartime photos due to the fact the soldier is smiling and stares right into the camera.

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                                16.From the time of the soldiers being wounded to the time they were removed from the first lines and carried to one of the medical facilities, they were left waiting in pain. This image is one of those painful and moving wartime photos which reveal the life in the front lines and the horrors of the war.

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                                  17. The people considered enemies were just as us and this particular photograph reveals an Asian woman mourning her loss. There are descriptions which claim it was the body of her husband, found in one of the multiple common graves, but the size of the bag which holds the remains is rather small and can be easily attributed to a child, which makes the picture even more dramatic.

                                  moving wartime photos mourn

                                    18. One of the moving wartime photos involve children, caught in the war of the grown ups. In this picture taken after an attack over the Viet Cong suspected-to-be base, 1972, children run from the destroyed establishment screaming. One of them is naked and terror is clearly reading on his/her face.

                                    moving wartime photos kids

                                      19. Buddhists were persecuted by the government of the South Vietnam, which sparkled a number of suicides from the monks. The acts took place right in the street, like this one, being a form of extreme protest back in 1963.

                                      moving wartime photos monks

                                        20.In 1963 many Vietnamese civilians were forced to leave their houses and run for their lives, as the South Vietnam troops set fire on their homes and ravished their villages. In this picture, a desperate mother drags her small children away from the burning house, watched unmerciful by a soldier.

                                        moving wartime photos mother

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                                          Last Updated on November 17, 2019

                                          40 Amazing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

                                          40 Amazing Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

                                          With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, starry-eyed lovers worldwide are getting ready to celebrate their love and planning the perfect date for their partner. However, there are many loving, caring, and generally great people out there who simply can’t think of a single romantic thing to do, let alone create the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience for their loved one. If you are looking for some great date ideas that will put a smile on your partner’s face and melt their heart, then just keep on reading. I’ve got a pretty big list of choices for you. Here are some great ideas ranging from tried and true classics, to the fun and slightly unconventional.

                                          1. Rom-coms marathon

                                          This is a very basic yet highly romantic way of spending the day with your partner. Take a few days to prepare the right playlist and create a romantic atmosphere at home. You can order out some food, open a bottle of wine and cuddle up in front of the TV.

                                          2. Recreate your first date

                                          Rated pretty high on the “romantic gestures scale,” this is guaranteed to impress your significant other. It requires a good memory and a bit of work to make it just right, but it is well worth it. Walk down the same streets where you first kissed and have a couple of drinks in that old coffee shop where you had your first drinks together. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit extra and add a little romantic gift into the mix.

                                          3. Cook for your loved one

                                          Start researching good recipes for a romantic dinner for two, get the right ingredients and prepare a couple of practice dinners to make sure you’ve got your technique and presentation down pat. Cooking for someone can be a big turn on and you can create some incredible meals without spending too much money. Take it up a notch by dressing classy, decorating your dining room and presenting your partner with a printed menu.

                                          4. Organize your very own ancient Greek party

                                          Here’s another one of those creative date ideas for the stay-at-home couple. The ancient Greek private party can be a very fun and erotic experience. You can decorate by using big bowls full of grapes, spreading some white sheets all over the place, placing some plastic vines here and there, putting up a few posters depicting Greek parties and having plenty of wine lying around. Wear nothing but light sheets or costumes and channel some of that hot-blooded Greek spirit.

                                          5. A romantic weekend getaway in the mountains

                                          For those looking for a change of scenery and an escape from the busy city, there is nothing better than a quiet, romantic weekend in the mountains. There are plenty of fun activities like skiing that will keep you active. You can have fun making a snowman or engaging in a snowball fight, and, of course, there is plenty of privacy and great room service waiting for you back at your room.

                                          6. Fun day at the shooting range

                                          A bit unconventional but an incredibly fun and exciting date that will get your blood pumping and put a huge smile on your faces. Try out a number of guns and have a bit of a competition. Some outdoor ranges have fully automatic rifles, which are a blast to shoot.

                                          7. Rent an expensive sports car for a day

                                          Don’t be afraid to live large from time to time—even if you can’t afford the glamorous lifestyle of the stars, you can most definitely play pretend for a day. Put on some classy clothes and drive around town in a rented sports car. The quick acceleration and high speed are sure to provide an exhilarating experience.

                                          8. Go on a shopping spree together

                                          Very few things can elicit such a huge dopamine rush as a good old shopping spree. Get some new lingerie, pretty shoes, a nice shirt and tie, a couple of new video games or whatever else you need or want. This is a unique chance to bond, have fun and get some stuff that you’ve been waiting to buy for a while now.

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                                          9. Hit the clubs

                                          For all the party animals out there, one of the best date ideas is to go out drinking, dancing, and just generally enjoying the night life. Visit a few good clubs, then go to an after-party and keep that party spirit going for as long as you can.

                                          10. Spend the day driving around the city and visiting new places

                                          This one is geared towards couples who have been together for a year or two and want to experience a few new things together. Visit a few cool coffee places on the other side of town, check out interesting restaurants you’ve never been to, and consider going to see a play or having fun at a comedy club on open mic night.

                                          11. Wine and chocolates at sunset

                                          Pick out a romantic location, such as a camping spot on a hill overlooking the city or a balcony in a restaurant with a nice view, open a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates and wait for that perfect moment when the sky turns fiery red to embrace and share a passionate kiss.

                                          12. Ice skating

                                          There is something incredibly fun about ice skating that brings people closer together and just keeps you laughing (maybe it’s all the falling and clinging to the other person for dear life). You can have some great fun and then move on to a more private location for some alone time.

                                          13. Body painting

                                          Speaking of private locations and intimate moments, body painting allows you to spice things up back at your place and add a new element of fun to foreplay. You’ll need adequate body paints and some brushes and the rest is up to you. You can do tiger stripes, paint a t-shirt on your partner, or go for something more abstract—the choice is yours.

                                          14. Model clothes for each other

                                          This one goes well when combined with a shopping spree, but you can just get a bunch of your clothes—old and new—from the closet, set up a catwalk area and then try on different combinations. You can be stylish, funny or beautiful. It’s a great after-dinner show and a good way to transition into a more intimate atmosphere.

                                          15. Dance the night away

                                          If you and your significant other are relatively good dancers, or if you simply enjoy moving your body to the rhythm of the music, then a night at salsa club or similar venue is the perfect thing for you. Alternatively, you can set up dance floor at home, play your favorite music, have a few drinks and dance like there is no tomorrow.

                                          16. Lock the doors, turn off the phones and have the whole house to yourselves

                                          This one might seem a bit obvious and kind of redundant seeing as how I’ve already mentioned a bunch of stay-at-home date ideas that require this step as a prerequisite, but when I say, “Have the whole house to yourselves,” I literally mean turning the whole house into romantic stage where you can explore your fantasies. Decorate each room a bit differently, have a lot of snacks and drinks lying around, put a bunch of blankets and pillows on the floor and go from room to room throughout the day. You can start off with a steaming shower, have a romantic meal, then watch a movie cuddled up on the couch and eventually make your way to the bedroom.

                                          17. Organize a nature walk

                                          Being outside has many health benefits, but what you are going for is the beautiful view, seclusion, and the thrill of engaging in some erotic behavior out in the open. You can rent a cottage far from the city, bring some food and drinks, and explore the wilderness. This is nice way to spice things up a bit and get away from the loud and busy city life.

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                                          18. Act out a fun scenario wearing costumes

                                          Some role-playing may be just the thing you need to spice up your love life after a few years of being together, but it can be a very fun experience for new couples as well. Work on the scenario together (wounded soldier and nurse, a female cop arresting a robber, etc.), buy the right costumes and accessories beforehand and find a good setting. You could also rent a hotel room to add to the forbidden-fruit vibe.

                                          19. Travel abroad

                                          This takes a bit of planning in advance and may be a bit costly, but if you can afford it, there are very few things that can match a trip to France, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, or a number of other excellent locations.

                                          20. Go on a hot-air balloon ride

                                          These are very fun and romantic—you get an incredible view, get to experience the thrill of flying, and you’ve got enough room for a romantic dinner and some champagne. Just be sure to wear warm clothes, it can get pretty cold high up in the air.

                                          21. A relaxing day at the spa

                                          Treat your body, mind and senses to a relaxing day at the spa. You and your partner will feel fresh, comfortable and relaxed—a perfect date for the more serious couples who don’t get to spend as much time with each other as they’d like.

                                          22. A trip down memory lane

                                          This one is great for long-term couples who will benefit from reminiscing about all of their fondest memories together from the start of the relationship through to the present, reliving some of the most significant moments they shared.

                                          23. Fun times at a karaoke bar

                                          A great choice for couples celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together—it’s fairly informal and inexpensive, yet incredibly fun and allows for deeper bonding. Once you have a few drinks in your system and come to terms with the fact that you are making a complete fool of yourself, you’ll have the time of your life!

                                          24. Helicopter tour of the city followed by dinner

                                          A modern equivalent to the hot-air balloon ride, the helicopter tour is among the more reasonably priced date ideas and is incredibly romantic and exciting. After about half an hour or an hour of sightseeing you can finish off the upper-class experience by dining in a nice restaurant.

                                          25. Horseback riding

                                          Horseback riding is incredibly fun, especially if you’ve never done it before. And what girl doesn’t dream of a prince coming to take her on an adventure on his noble steed? It evokes a sense of nobility and is a very good bonding experience.

                                          26. Plan a fun date night with other couples

                                          Take a break and rent a cabin in the woods, go to a mountain resort, a couple’s retreat, or just organize a huge date night at someone’s place and hang out with other couples. This is a great option for couples who have spent at least one Valentine’s Day together and allows you to customize your experience to suit your needs. Also, you can always retire early and get some alone time with your partner if you so desire.

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                                          27. Cocktail night

                                          This can be done privately, or with other couples if you are organizing a group Valentine’s Day celebration at someone’s house. All you need is a bunch of different drinks, a few accessories like fruit and spices, and internet access to check out some cool recipes online. Try out all sorts of fun cocktails and mix some brand new ones on your own. Make it a fancy dress night for added fun.

                                          28. Make reservations at an exclusive restaurant

                                          A fairly old school move, except this time you can pick out a restaurant that serves a particular type of cuisine you’ve never tried before. Go for a place that has unusual menus and likes to make a show out of presenting the food, rather than just going for your regular “suits and monocles” type venue.

                                          29. Go to a concert

                                          There are a whole bunch of things happening around Valentine’s Day, so go online and check out what’s happening near you. You’ll surely be able to find tickets for a cool concert or some type of festival with live music.

                                          30. Fancy night on the town

                                          Buy some elegant new clothes, rent a limo for the night and go to a nice restaurant, followed by a jazz club or gallery exhibition. Walk tall, make a few sarcastic quips, and have a few laughs with your partner while letting your inner snob take charge for a few hours.

                                          31. Take a tour of the historical and cultural sites of your city

                                          For the cultured crowd and history buffs among us, a day spent learning about some of the local history and delving deeper into national culture is both incredibly fun and a great way to share a unique experience with a loved one. You’d be surprised to find just how much you don’t know about the place you live in.

                                          32. Live out a James Bond film at a casino

                                          A beautiful lady in a simple yet sensual, form-fitting, black dress, and a strong and handsome, if somewhat stern-looking man in a fine suit walk up to a roulette table with drinks in hand and place bets at random as they smile at each other seductively. This is a scenario most of us wish to play out, but rarely get a chance. It can be a bit costly, but this is one of the most incredibly adventurous and romantic date ideas.

                                          33. Go bungee jumping

                                          People in long-term relationships often talk about things like keeping a relationship fun and exciting, doing new things together, trusting each other and using aphrodisiacs. Well, bungee jumping is a fun, exhilarating activity you can both enjoy; it requires trust and the adrenaline rush you get from it is better than any aphrodisiac out there. Just saying, give it a shot and you won’t regret it.

                                          34. Take a tour of a winery or brewery

                                          Taking a tour like this can be a great opportunity to learn new things about wine or beer (or perhaps whiskey) and how it is made, while at the same time getting a chance to taste some excellent drinks and get a few bottles for later in the evening.

                                          35. Make a fun music video

                                          Meet up earlier in the day, take decent camera, and start shooting a music video. Rehearse the lyrics (you can even make up your own silly song), dress up, and start filming. You’ll have tons of fun doing it and you can edit the video later and have a cool memento.

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                                          36. Play some sports

                                          Some one-on-one basketball, a soccer match against another couple, a bit of tennis, or even something as simple as a table tennis tournament (make it fun by stripping off items of clothing when you lose a game). You can combine this with date idea #13 and paint team uniforms on each other and play in the nude.

                                          37. Visit a club with live music

                                          A great option for just about any couple—pick a club that has live performers (whether it’s jazz, rock or even a poetry reading) and dress up for the occasion. Be sure to make reservations in advance to avoid the Valentine’s Day rush, and focus on making your date feel comfortable.

                                          38. Take skydiving lessons

                                          Another adrenaline-filled date, skydiving is sure to get your heart racing like crazy and leave you with a goofy grin for the rest of the day. You can offset all the excitement by ending the day with a quiet dinner at home.

                                          39. Go for some paintball

                                          Playing war games is an excellent way to get your body moving, focus on some of that hand-eye-coordination, and engage your brain in coming up with tactical solutions in the heat of the moment. It is also a great bonding experience, adrenaline-fueled fun, and role-playing all wrapped into one. And when you get back home, you can always act out the wounded soldier scenario (see #18).

                                          40. Fill the whole day with random fun activities

                                          Just say no to plans, reservations and clichés—take your partner by the hand, have your credit card ready and just go out and have some fun. Bowling, followed by a drink at a coffee shop and then a romantic movie? Sure, why not? Going for lunch at a nice restaurant and then organizing a double-date game night? Go right ahead. Going for a long walk in the park, visiting a museum, followed by romantic meal at home and then going out to a club? Hey, who am I to say no? You can use some of the ideas from this article and mash them up together to create a fun-filled Valentine’s Day you’ll both remember.

                                          There you go, a whole bunch of useful date ideas for all you loving couples out there. You can pick out any one of these, make some adjustments or even combine different options to create the perfect Valentine’s Day date for your significant other. Plan ahead, have fun and celebrate your love proudly.

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