World War II Research Guide

Photography

Photographs provide a unique window into the daily experiences of those who fought in World War II as well as life on the home front. Journalists, military photographers, and amateurs captured moments large and small throughout the war, culminating in perhaps the most shocking and horrifying revelation in the history of photography: images of concentration camps.

Most images, however, depict the daily life of soldiers, the villages and towns they saw, and the immense amount of destruction they encountered in traveling through areas where bombs had been dropped or battles had been waged. Through these images, we get a glimpse of the war as it was seen by the men and women who experienced it.

See the entire World War II digital collection online here.