A soldier standing inside the ruins of a Catholic church, Libya 1942
/ January 06, 2012 / 59
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.
/ January 06, 2012 / 28
Two camouflaged A-20 attack planes at an American desert air base in Tunisia, 1943
/ January 05, 2012 / 40
Known to history as the Leipzig Suicides, this series of photographs taken by Margaret Bourke-White documented the suicides of the Leipzig City Council deputy mayor Dr. Lisso (who had been a member of the Nazi party since 1932) along with his wife and daughter. As the US Army entered the town in April 1945 and knowing was awaited them if they were captured by the Allies, the three took pills of cyanide in the Town Hall office.
A scene such as this was common place in the final days of the Reich.
January 05, 2012, 3:02pm / 297
Italian Fascist dictator (and well, founder of the entire theory of fascism) Benito Mussolini after becoming head of state, 1925
/ January 05, 2012 / 18
LIFE photographer and war correspondent Margaret Bourke-White in Italy, 1944
/ January 04, 2012 / 38