World War II was a turning point in history, forging the rise and fall of nations, people, and ideologies. After lasting six long years, it forever changed the political and social structure of the world.
As cameras became smaller, brave photographers were able to capture a new view of World War II. Many of these images were lost as veterans returned home, folded away their uniforms, and continued with their lives. However, many incredible images remained. These vintage photos capture many paradigm-shifting events both on the foreign and domestic fronts. Take a look at these incredible World War II photos that truly bring history to life!
1. The Attack On Pearl Harbor
Japan’s devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, signaled an end to America’s isolationism policy during World War II. At that point, the war had already been raging on in Europe and Asia for two years. The Japanese surprise attack was carefully planned for months and followed the Japanese tactic of engaging the enemy with a first strike before officially declaring war.
The attack resulted in over 2,000 military fatalities, most of them aboard the battleship USS Arizona. To this day, Pearl Harbor remains the single most fatal military action taken against the United States.