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Favorite War Photograph (From ANY Conflict)

Discussion in 'Military History' started by Hufflepuff, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Hufflepuff

    Hufflepuff Semi-Frightening Mountain Goat

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    What is your favorite War Photograph? It can be from any era, but please notify us if it is fake or staged. Tell us al little info on the photo in a few sentences (I feel like an english teacher lol :)).

    Some of my favorites:

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    Hue, 1968, a marine throws a grenade right as he is hit by an NVA bullet (not staged).

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    Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 1943
     
  2. C.Evans

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    I'd have to do favorite photographs but by each war.

    I'll start off with one I saw in a great book (until it was reprinted a few years ago and made politically correct) The American Heritage History of the Civil War.

    The photograph in question that I liked the most was one that showed three Confederate Soldiers who had been taken Prison of War and the caption for the photo reads: "Three Lean, Tough, Confederate Soldiers are now Prisoners of War."

    These three men had varying uniforms adn all three looked like they could take on any Yankee unit-singlehandedly. No offense meant to any Yankees on board.
     
  3. Shockwavesoldier

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    i put that soloman islands pic as my signature a few days ago
     
  4. Hufflepuff

    Hufflepuff Semi-Frightening Mountain Goat

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    I think I know which soldier you are talking about, Evans. Is it this one?

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    Spanish Civil War "Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death" / "FALLING SOLDIER" by ROBERT CAPA
     
  6. Shockwavesoldier

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    I believe Joe said that was his favorite in another thread.
     
  7. JCFalkenbergIII

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    General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém, a Viet Cong officer.
     
  8. JCFalkenbergIII

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    Some of my favorites are not of how honorable or glorious war is by the way. They are of the reality of the violence and cruelty and death and loss there is when war takes over people and countries.
     
  9. Hufflepuff

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    That is why I like alot of the photos I post here. Good point.
     
  10. JCFalkenbergIII

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    What is even more disturbing is the film sequence of when this happened. The General was just waving the pistol around and all of a sudden shoots him in the head.
     
  11. Tomcat

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    My favourite pics is my avatar. Australians in ww1
     
  12. krieg

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    i say old chap well spoken about the digger's over the top great photo
    onya mate ..:pigsnort:
     
  13. Kai-Petri

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    Well, WW2 is my main "war hobby" so

    Hitler´s dancing steps 1940 when France surrendered

    Simo Häyhä ( in the pic to the right ) the famous Winter War sniper.
     
  14. mikebatzel

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    I have a few from a few different wars but I shall begin with not a picture but a painting.

    War of 1812 USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere painted by Thomas Birch
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    Next is from the American Civil War:
    Confederate sniper lays dead behind the famous shooting blind at Devils Den, Gettysburg
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  15. Tomcat

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    Is that a real photo of the actual soldier back during the war or is it a picture or a reenactment of it.
     
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    Hi tomcat, AFAIK it is a real pic.
     
  17. Hufflepuff

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    It is a real corpse of a CSA soldier, but I have read that the photographer moved the body from its original position along with the rifle.
     
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    As are the photographs of the "sunken road" at Fredericksberg.
    The Union got their ass handed to them there so photographers played up the Confederate dead so the North wouldn't panic.
    Same-same, position the dead (those still in one piece) and arrange weapons among/atop them, and have them face the camera etc..
    Staged, clean, scripted, and phony, but oh so PC.
     
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    F-16A Fighting Falcons and F-15C and F-15E Eagles fly over burning oil fields during Desert Storm

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    UH-1 aircraft of the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, carry wounded 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Soldiers away during the fight for LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam. Photo extracted from US Army motion picture footage. (Nov 1965)"


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