Friday, February 7, 2014

The Reality Of War

Three American soldiers dead on Buna Beach in New Guinea
  In the first years of World War II the United States government official policy was to censor pictures of American dead. Only pictures of enemy dead could be shown. Cal Whipple who was a photo editor at Life Magazine tried to get the censors to allow this picture of three dead Americans to be published. He went all the way to the top. President Roosevelt felt that Americans were becoming too complacent about the war and it's cost. This picture was published in Life in September 1943. Between this and the pictures of dead marines on the beaches of Tarawa in November enlistments fell off but the sell of war bonds increased.
Tarawa

Tarawa

Tarawa

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