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Iconic Images From The 1940s

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Meeting Adolf Hitler, 1941

We see a rare picture of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose meeting Nazi Dictator, Adolf Hitler. Netaji had met Hitler with the objective of overthrowing the British.

Lord Mountbatten Salutes The Indian Flag

The last Viceroy of India salutes the Indian flag as Lady Edwina and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru look on.

Hitler In Paris,1940

Taken at the height of World War Two and after Adolf Hitler had taken Paris, this picture depicts Hitler surveying his conquest with his various cronies and became one of the most iconic photos of the 1940s and World War 2

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Toasts To Japanese Emperor, 1945

A rare picture of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose toasting to the Japanese emperor in 1945.

India Gate

What looks like the moon surface is actually the India Gate circle around in the 1940s.

Atomic Bomb In Hiroshima, 1945

This profound image depicts the explosion of an atomic bomb on August 6th in Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb ever used and the mushroom cloud in the photo gives the scope of the devastation: 150,000 people were killed or injured.

The First Computer, 1946

The images of the first computer debuted in February 1946 when the device comprised 18,000 vacuum tubes, many wires and 170,000 watts of power and filled a 1,500 square foot room.

V-J Day, 1945

This iconic photo depicts the jubilance and relief expressed throughout America when armistice was declared in World War Two. Contrary to popular opinion, the two in the picture were not lovers; the soldier was jubilantly planting kisses on women ...

Raising The Soviet Flag On The Reichstag, 1945

Considered one of the most popular and identifiable images of war, the photo was so popular because the usurpation of the historically significant building symbolized the downfall the Soviets’ enemy. The takedown occurred after a lengthy and blood...

The Last Jew In Vinnitsa, 1941

This powerful image of the death of the last Jew in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, was found in the album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier. The name of the image comes from the label at the back of the photo, and succinctly conveys what happened in Vinnitsa: all ...

Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima, 1945

A Pulitzer prize winning photo, this image by Joe Rosenthal shows U.S Marines patriotically raising the flag on top of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WW2. Half of the men depicted in the picture died in battle.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943

Shot in 1943, this is one of the best-known pictures of World War Two, as it depicts the terror inspired by the Nazis. The image above shows the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, which was the forced home to thousands of Polish-Jewish citizens. Th...

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Iconic Images From The 1940s

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Here is a timeline of the major historical events of the 1940s.