At Saipan in 1943, hundreds of Japanese civilians committed suicide rather than surrender to the Americans. As the Marines were clearing hiding Japanese from local caves, they found this infant, wedged face-down in the dirt, under a rock, nearly dead. One of the famous images of World War II, W. Eugene Smith's photo caught a rare moment of both brutality and gentleness that was unique in the annals of war photography.

At 75, 'Life' Revisits Its First Cover Story

At Saipan in 1943, hundreds of Japanese civilians committed suicide rather than surrender to the Americans. As the Marines were clearing hiding Japanese from local caves, they found this infant, wedged face-down in the dirt, under a rock, nearly dead. One of the famous images of World War II, W. Eugene Smith's photo caught a rare moment of both brutality and gentleness that was unique in the annals of war photography.

Image detail for -the children of gaza looking like the children of darfur

Image detail for -the children of gaza looking like the children of darfur

This image is sooo beautiful.....I love the emotion.

This image is sooo beautiful.....I love the emotion.

This image shows an American soldier risking his life to save two Vietnamese children during a fight.  This is bravery.  A man risking his life to save the enemy's children  #OneBraveThing

This image shows an American soldier risking his life to save two Vietnamese children during a fight. This is bravery. A man risking his life to save the enemy's children #OneBraveThing

WWII Battle of the Bulge .. Screamin' Eagle Paratroopers on Edge | You Never Get Over It | The Free Must Pray For The Brave!

WWII Battle of the Bulge .. Screamin' Eagle Paratroopers on Edge | You Never Get Over It | The Free Must Pray For The Brave!

Flanders Field, 1917. I have no words to describe how this photograph makes me feel.

Flanders Field, 1917. I have no words to describe how this photograph makes me feel.

This picture grabbed my attention because of the shear number of forces they had.

This picture grabbed my attention because of the shear number of forces they had.

Face of War: U.S. Marine Carlos 'OJ' Orjuela was photographed by Louie Palu after a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The haunting faces of war: Startling pictures from America’s conflicts show more than 70 years of bloodshed

Face of War: U.S. Marine Carlos 'OJ' Orjuela was photographed by Louie Palu after a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

WW2 - Allemagne pretty sure Rusty and I could do this. Just make sure there is an ambulance waiting. Ha.

WW2 - Allemagne pretty sure Rusty and I could do this. Just make sure there is an ambulance waiting. Ha.

British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, 1914-1918.

British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, 1914-1918.

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