W. Eugene Smith was one of LIFE’s most celebrated photographers. His World War II pictures (like this one at the Battle of Saipan, a pivotal but costly American victory in 1944) are as vivid as any war photos ever taken.
“Marines Leave the Front Lines at Saipan”
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- Anti-aircraft gun on the roof of the Government Printing Office, 19... — Share the History Love... Soldiers operate a 40mm anti-aircraft gun on the roof of the Government Printing Office, June 1944. The U.S. Capitol is seen in the background on the right. Share the History Love... [...]