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A young German soldier in pain being treated by American GI.

A young German soldier in WWII being treated by an American GI medic. Hitler sent boys to fight his dirty war; US sent men to tend to their wounds.

They had never met, you know. One of the most famous kisses, and it was a whim, spur of the moment

The stars of the famous kiss photograph, when the sailor grabbed the nurse for a spontaneous kiss when President Harry Truman announced the end of World War II

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one-year-old. (Helmuth Pirath)

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old. Photo by Helmuth Pirath, 1956 World Press Photo of the Year

Many American GIs took a heart shield bible with them into combat.  The bibles were sent to them by loved ones.  Most consisted of the new testament covered with metal plates and were kept in a soldier's shirt pocket, over his heart.   The intent, of course, being to stop an enemy's bullet from striking their heart.  Above is an example of a heart shield bible used during World War II...

WWII American GIs took a heart shield bible with them into combat. Most consisted of the New Testament covered with metal plates and were kept in a soldier's shirt pocket, over his heart. The intent was to stop an enemy's bullet from striking their heart.

Soldier playing the violin on a tank. WWI

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A lone Russian violinist atop a tank in the First World War, c.

A US army chaplain and a young German POW 1918

American Army chaplain helps a young German prisoner-of-war As Germany in 1918 ran out of cannon fodder, they had to commit very young soldiers to battle.

Japanese orphan, bringing his dead brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki,  1945

Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, Joe O'Donnell 1945

Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by American photographer, Joe O’Donnell 1945 (One of the many sad things about war.

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