Declassified Military Photographs From The '60s and '70s

Clarence Ware and Charles Plaudo of the Filthy 13 prepare for a mission in England on June 5, 1944

When it comes to fascinating military photos they aren’t defined by an era, but rather what we’re used to seeing. These declassified photos that span hundreds of years run the gamut from inspirational shots of American heroes rescuing children, to spine tingling images of the horrors of combat. Each photo offers a distinct and nuanced insight into the lives of servicemen and women across the world, and they even take you back to the Civil War to show what life was like Union and Confederate camps. Look closer at these photos to see how the military has changed over time, which methods they still use, and how they adapted to the brutality of battle.

Warning, this is a rare collection of war photos and some of them can be graphic in nature. Viewer discretion is advised.

You’ve heard of the Dirty Dozen, but did you know they were based on the US 101st Airborne Division, a real group of military malcontents? Before flying into a mission after D Day the group applied war paint in order to pump themselves up for the dangerous mission ahead. Members of the group have stated that they did more than they were asked to. During their time in combat they blew up a bridge over the Douve River to prevent reinforcements from reaching the front lines and they performed reconnaissance work in France prior to the Battle of the Bulge. It’s no surprise that this exciting group had such a cool movie based on them.