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Exhausted US Marines photographed in mid retreat after a powerful attack by the 3 Red Chinese division caught Allied forces in the North by surprise, December 1950
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US Marines show off their collection of surrendered IJA officer swords, 1945.
Fun fact: Despite MacArthur’s promises to return swords such as these to the officers and their families, they weren’t. When the Korean War began in 1950 and MacArthur was removed from Japan, they were forgotten and many were stolen as souvenirs.
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An Italian policeman guards the mouth of the Ardentine caves (aka Grotto Via Ardeatina) in June 1944. The caves were the location of a massacre, where German troops killed 355 Italian civilians as an act of reprisal for a partisan bombing that killed 32 SS troopers.
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