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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.