U.S. Army soldiers make an amphibious landing on the banks of Germany’s Rhine River. Navy sailors take a break from combat for a dip in the Pacific Ocean. A young marine cleans sand out of his shoe. These World War II–era images are part of a small collection of photographs on display in the basement of National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Tucked away among the 11.5 million photographic items housed in the National Geographic archive, the images were among those recently pulled from storage by National Geographic’s staff in homage to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, marked earlier in 2015.
Bringing them out of the archive provides an insight into the lives and mentalities of the past. They tell a story we don’t want to forget.
|Crouching low in a DUKW for concealment and protection, men of the 89th division, U.S. Third Army, cross the Rhine River at Oberwesel, Germany. March 26, 1945. (Photograph by the U.S. Department of Defense)|
|Marines hit three feet of rough water as they leave their LST to take the beach at Cape Gloucester, December 26, 1943. (Photograph by the U.S. Marine Corps)|
|French mademoiselle waves tricolor in tribute to the forces which liberated her city as they march past Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. August 26, 1944. (Photograph by the U.S. Marine Corps)|
|Women employees working on the nose assemblies of Douglas “Havoc” A-20 attack bombers. (Photograph by the Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc.)|
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