In a picture that captures the violence and sheer destruction inherent in war perhaps more graphically than any other ever published in LIFE, Marines take cover on an Iwo Jima hillside amid the burned-out remains of banyan jungle, as a Japanese bunker is obliterated in March 1945. (W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more: http://ti.me/Ot3lla
Life Magazine Cover Copyright 1945 Iwo Jima Detonation - www.MadMenArt.com | Life Magazine ran weekly from 1883 to 1972. First as a humor and general interest magazine and from 1936 it was the worldwide magazine No.1 in photojournalism.
On Veteran's Day, here are some of the greatest pictures to run in LIFE during World War II — from Blitz-ravaged London to the sands and jungles of the Pacific. See more: http://ti.me/1ExpesQ Pictured: Iwo Jima, 1945 (W. Eugene Smith—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Unpublished. American troops chat near a dead Japanese soldier on Iwo Jima. The degree to which the Japanese were willing to fight to the death, rather than surrender, is summed up in one remarkable statistic: Close to 20,000 Japanese soldiers were killed during the battle; only around 200 were captured. Read more: http://life.time.com/history/world-war-ii-classic-photos-from-life-magazine/#ixzz2SSjbgFoV
Into the Light: Photo by W. Eugene Smith, 1946. Smith was a WWII photojournalist (See my Iwo Jima pin) who was seriously wounded while covering the Battle of Okinawa. This was his first photograph in the post-war era. He chose his own children as the subject, as a life-affirming message after witnessing so much destruction.