The devastation of this great war left around eighty million people dead in its wake, traces of civilization burned down on an epic scale, infrastructure and homes leveled. Those who escaped its atrocities and did not die weren’t necessarily lucky either, for no one really wins in war, especially not ones of this magnitude. They would re-live its consequences on a daily basis, dark corners of their minds haunted, some for the rest of their lives. It’s hard to erase the memories of having witnessed family and friends torn to pieces, mangled by mortar explosions, their bodies splattered all over with mud, smoking, blasted away, unrecognizable in bomb raids, bodies riddled with raining bullets.
World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history. Take a short journey with us in pictures. Take a glimpse of D-Day in color, the Battle of Normandy, the preparations these brave men, now forever scarred, went through, during the pivotal and horrific battles of the war to end all wars.
Heading Towards The Ships
Happy and jubilant, too eager for action, these American soldiers march toward their assigned ships in Weymouth, Dorset, in England. They are set to land at Omaha Beach for the big one: the launching of the D-Day invasion. Many of them are just boys with no idea yet of what war really means.
Sadly, some of them would not even make it to the Omaha landing objective, let alone D-Day itself. They were noobs in the war, with very little organization. Poor planning would fail them, as many would land in wrong spots. The challenges in navigation would cripple that force’s ability to strike hard at the enemy, and losses were astronomical, way before the battle had even started. When it did kick off, they were lacking in number, downtrodden, the challenges seemingly insurmountable to them.