5 Iconic WWII Photos

Some of the most iconic images from WWII

World War II marked the first time that candid images of war graced newspapers, magazines, and some theaters across the United States.  Among those, there are certain photos that have become iconic - the ones that capture the struggle and triumph over those hard, long years.  Scroll down to see 10 of the most iconic photos

Hitler Takes Paris:  After the Germans took Paris, Hitler made a single visit to the city on June 23, 1940 to tour some of the most famous sites and pose for images like this one that would then be used in propaganda to bolster the Nazi movement. 

Landing on Guadalcanal, 1942:  In this photo by Joe Scherschel for Time-Life, a US Marine readies for landing on Guadalcanal, home to one of the most grueling battles of the Pacific Theater.  After five hard months, the allies took Guadalcanal in February 1943 in what would be a major turning point in the Pacific that halted a string of Japanese victories. 

The Normandy Invasion, 1944:  This iconic photo, titled "Into the Jaws of Death", was taken by military photographer Robert F. Sargent on June 6, 1944 as men from Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division disembark and wade on to the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach.  Here the soldiers came under heavy fire from the German 352nd Division.  The combination of heavy fire from an elevated position, the difficult terrain, and numerous obstacles resulted in the loss of two-thirds of the men from Company E.

Coming Ashore in France:  Landing craft unload transport vehicles and tanks following the successful D-Day Invasion on the coast of France in 1944

Raising the Flag in Iwo Jima:  This iconic photo taken by Joe Rosenthal depicts Marines raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.  The photo would later be transformed in to the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.