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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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                                          12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                          12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                          Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

                                          While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

                                          What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

                                          Here are 12 things to remember:

                                          1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

                                          The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

                                          However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

                                          We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

                                          Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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                                          2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

                                          You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

                                          Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

                                          Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

                                          3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

                                          Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

                                          Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

                                          4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

                                          Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

                                          No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

                                          5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

                                          Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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                                          Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

                                          6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

                                          Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

                                          Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

                                          Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

                                          7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

                                          Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

                                          Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

                                          And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

                                          8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

                                          When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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                                          Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

                                          9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

                                          Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

                                          Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

                                          Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

                                          10. Journal During This Time

                                          Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

                                          This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

                                          11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

                                          It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

                                          The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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                                          Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

                                          12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

                                          The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

                                          Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

                                          When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

                                          Afraid to ask for help? Here’s how to change your outlook to aim high!

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

                                          Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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