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        Images from the War | Ken Burns: The War

        View images from World War II, including an image of the famed Navajo Code Talkers, recruited by the military to use their complicated language to send unbreakable coded messages to Allies. World War II (1939-1945) was the most destructive, and most costly, war in human history. It involved dozens of countries, spanned continents, and resulted in the loss of 50 million lives. 

        Duffy's Tavern | Ken Burns: The War

        Johnny Bathurst, a friend of Quentin Aanenson's, in front of "Duffy's Tavern," their hangout at camp. Credit: Quentin Aanenson.

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        Navajo Code Talkers | Ken Burns: The War

        The first 29 Navajo code talker recruits are sworn into the US Marine Corps at Fort Wingate, New Mexico. Credit: The National Archives.

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        Joe Vaghi: 6th Naval Beach Battalion | Ken Burns: The War

        Group portrait of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion taken in Swansea, England, before D-Day, 1944. Joe Vaghi, top row second from left, served as a beach master. Credit: Joe Vaghi.

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        Collecting a Dog Tag | Ken Burns: The War

        Two medics attend to the body of a dead American soldier in Schevenhutte, Germany. December 22, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (WC-1341).

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        POWs Return Home | Ken Burns: The War

        Liberated American prisoners of war aboard the "Catalina" are welcomed home. March 8, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-311436).

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        Osaka | Ken Burns: The War

        Barracks of the Japanese prison camp in Osaka, where Allied POWs were held. October, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-217154).

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