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Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some

Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt committed American forces to the Allied cause in World War II.

With almost 50,000 manufactured during World War II, the M4 medium tank, popularly known as the "Sherman," provided critical armored support to Allied ground troops.

On Oct. 20, 1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore to the Philippines island of Leyte with the declaration, “People of the Philippines, I have returned!”

Nearly two years earlier, MacArthur and his family had been forced to flee the Philippines as an invading Japanese army took hold of the region. To the thousands of Filipino and American personnel left behind, Gen. MacArthur vowed, “I shall return.”

Dec. 7, 1941: In a surprise attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, a force of 353 Japanese aircraft killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians; 129 Japanese soldiers were killed.

“It’s an incredible archive of material,” explained Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, in an email to Fox News. “Coming from a RAF officer of this importance takes it to another level completely.”

The incredible aerial photos show the capture of submarine U-570 by British forces in August 1941. The U-Boat’s crew, who were on their first patrol, raised the white flag after the sub was damaged by depth charges dropped from a British bomber on Aug. 27, 1941.

“This U Boat was one of the few to be captured during WWII and the submarine images are shown in graphic detail with the date and time they were taken shown on each image,” explained Aldridge.

H ere is a collection of iconic photographs of World War Two, photos that have been widely circulated. Each one is memorable, because each one captures some telling aspect of the war. The utter helplessness, innocence, and fear of the little Jewish boy in the Warsaw Ghetto chokes me up, even though I have seen it a hundred times. Churchill's determination leaps off the page in his portrait. The flag-raising at Iwo Jima ( not staged, by the way) certainly illustrates the pride, valor, and triumph of the American military in World War Two.

Churchill Portrait - by Yousuf Karsh, 1941 Churchill's favorite portrait. He looks the wartime leader, the defiant bulldog.

"We shall never surrender." I sometimes wonder if the modern enemies of English-speaking democracies and freedom understand Churchill and Roosevelt.

Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt committed American forces to the Allied cause in World War II.

With almost 50,000 manufactured during World War II, the M4 medium tank, popularly known as the "Sherman," provided critical armored support to Allied ground troops.

On Oct. 20, 1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore to the Philippines island of Leyte with the declaration, “People of the Philippines, I have returned!”

Nearly two years earlier, MacArthur and his family had been forced to flee the Philippines as an invading Japanese army took hold of the region. To the thousands of Filipino and American personnel left behind, Gen. MacArthur vowed, “I shall return.”

Dec. 7, 1941: In a surprise attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, a force of 353 Japanese aircraft killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians; 129 Japanese soldiers were killed.

Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt committed American forces to the Allied cause in World War II.

With almost 50,000 manufactured during World War II, the M4 medium tank, popularly known as the "Sherman," provided critical armored support to Allied ground troops.

Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt committed American forces to the Allied cause in World War II.

With almost 50,000 manufactured during World War II, the M4 medium tank, popularly known as the "Sherman," provided critical armored support to Allied ground troops.

On Oct. 20, 1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore to the Philippines island of Leyte with the declaration, “People of the Philippines, I have returned!”

Nearly two years earlier, MacArthur and his family had been forced to flee the Philippines as an invading Japanese army took hold of the region. To the thousands of Filipino and American personnel left behind, Gen. MacArthur vowed, “I shall return.”

Dec. 7, 1941: In a surprise attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, a force of 353 Japanese aircraft killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians; 129 Japanese soldiers were killed.

“It’s an incredible archive of material,” explained Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, in an email to Fox News. “Coming from a RAF officer of this importance takes it to another level completely.”

The incredible aerial photos show the capture of submarine U-570 by British forces in August 1941. The U-Boat’s crew, who were on their first patrol, raised the white flag after the sub was damaged by depth charges dropped from a British bomber on Aug. 27, 1941.

“This U Boat was one of the few to be captured during WWII and the submarine images are shown in graphic detail with the date and time they were taken shown on each image,” explained Aldridge.

H ere is a collection of iconic photographs of World War Two, photos that have been widely circulated. Each one is memorable, because each one captures some telling aspect of the war. The utter helplessness, innocence, and fear of the little Jewish boy in the Warsaw Ghetto chokes me up, even though I have seen it a hundred times. Churchill's determination leaps off the page in his portrait. The flag-raising at Iwo Jima ( not staged, by the way) certainly illustrates the pride, valor, and triumph of the American military in World War Two.

Churchill Portrait - by Yousuf Karsh, 1941 Churchill's favorite portrait. He looks the wartime leader, the defiant bulldog.

"We shall never surrender." I sometimes wonder if the modern enemies of English-speaking democracies and freedom understand Churchill and Roosevelt.

It’s hard to imagine what World War II was really like if you were born long after it ended. As more veterans die every day, fewer people are alive that can remember it. While books can teach you everything there is to know about the war, nothing can capture the reality as well as photos of the real people who were affected by it.

Coming just two decades after the last great global conflict, the Second World War was the most widespread and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries and resulting in more than 50 million military and civilian deaths (with some estimates as high as 85 million dead). Sparked by Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, the war would drag on for six deadly years until the final Allied defeat of both Nazi Germany and Japan in 1945.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt committed American forces to the Allied cause in World War II.

With almost 50,000 manufactured during World War II, the M4 medium tank, popularly known as the "Sherman," provided critical armored support to Allied ground troops.

On Oct. 20, 1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore to the Philippines island of Leyte with the declaration, “People of the Philippines, I have returned!”

Nearly two years earlier, MacArthur and his family had been forced to flee the Philippines as an invading Japanese army took hold of the region. To the thousands of Filipino and American personnel left behind, Gen. MacArthur vowed, “I shall return.”

Dec. 7, 1941: In a surprise attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, a force of 353 Japanese aircraft killed 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians; 129 Japanese soldiers were killed.

“It’s an incredible archive of material,” explained Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, in an email to Fox News. “Coming from a RAF officer of this importance takes it to another level completely.”

The incredible aerial photos show the capture of submarine U-570 by British forces in August 1941. The U-Boat’s crew, who were on their first patrol, raised the white flag after the sub was damaged by depth charges dropped from a British bomber on Aug. 27, 1941.

“This U Boat was one of the few to be captured during WWII and the submarine images are shown in graphic detail with the date and time they were taken shown on each image,” explained Aldridge.

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