World War II is the story of the 20th Century. The war officially lasted from 1939 until 1945, but the causes of the conflict and its horrible aftermath reverberated for decades in either direction. While feats of bravery and technological breakthroughs still inspire awe today, the majority of the war was dominated by unimaginable misery and destruction. In the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the nations of the Axis Powers and the Allies resulted in some 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world.

I checked out an amazing 20-part photo editorial piece by The Atlantic in honoring the exploits of the men and women in the bloodiest war in the history of mankind. The high-resolution of some of the never-before-seen photographs can help us look back to the day it was. From June 19 to August 30, the website releases new photographs to the viewing public.

I have downloaded lots of World War II documentaries in recent years but I haven't got to see some of the images in the perspective of the photographers who lived during those dark years. With different themes and points of view, you will be treated with the courage, the diabolical, the heroic, and the human cost of the war that changed our lives forever.

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