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Rare Historical Photos That You Haven’t Seen Before

by Peter Barnes

Highway of Death, 1991 – The Death of an Iraqi soldier

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One of this rare historical photos shows a burned and unrecognized Iraqi soldier in the front window of a destroyed truck. Reason for this was, during the 1991 Gulf War, American pilots bombed a retreating Iraqi convoy. Most of American media has not agreed to publish this photo via their media. Anyway it’s became one of most legendary and famed photos of the Gulf war I.

This highway is officially known as Highway 80 and a six-lane highway between Kuwait and Iraq. It runs from Kuwait City to Iraqi city of Basra. Iraqi armed forces had been used this road for the 1990 offensive against Kuwait. 

Picture credit goes to Ken Jarecke, his quote: “If I don’t photograph this, people like my mom will think war is what they see on media”.

“War Is Hell” slogan on his helmet, Vietnam -1965

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173rd US Airborne Brigade Battalion soldier Larry Wayne Chaffin smiles for the camera during the Vietnam War on June 18, 1965. Recently he was identified as Larry Wayne Chaffin from St. Louis. Until then his identity was unknown for many decades.

When the photo was taken Chaffin was 19. He died at the age of 39 in 1985. He was suffered from diabetes, an ailment he might have contracted from exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.

Picture credit goes to AP photo journalist Horst Faas.  As the sources, he have taken this iconic photo on June 18, 1965, when 173rd US Airborne Brigade Battalion on defense duty at Phouc Vinh airstrip in South Vietnam.

WWII most decorated Japanese-American fighting unit during 1943-1945

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442nd Infantry Regiment combat team soldiers salute the flag at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. June, 1943. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Japanese Americans have permitted to form a special segregated infantry unit in Hawaii, called the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. Recruitment process was success and surpassed all expectations. For 1,500 volunteers’ vacancies, 10,000 came up to recruiting offices.

A young private’s famous photo.

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This young private waits on the beach during the marine landing at Da Nang, 1965 and looking at who was around Da Nang around then. He is looked like just arrived. That’s why he is still wearing a white t-shirt and is wearing clean uniform with new-looking web belt.

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Later this soldier in the photo was identified as Richard Coggins. He was 17 when he landed at Da Nang in 1965. He did two tours in Vietnam as a part of 1/3 and 1/9 Marine Corp. Richard Coggins passed away in September 2020.

Remarkable page of Theodore Roosevelt’s diary

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Theodore Roosevelt received a sad news on 14 February 1884. His wife and mother died within few hours in Roosevelt’s house in NY City. Due to typhus his mother has passed away at age of 50 and his wife Alice died while giving birth to her namesake at the age of 22.

At that day Theodore Roosevelt simply wrote in his pocket diary “X” above one striking sentence: “The light has gone out of my life“. His diary entries fulfilled with his engagement, wedding, happiness in marriage, and his pain over the death of his wife Alice.

Wife: Alice Hathaway Lee, President Theodore Roosevelt and his mother: Martha Stewart

An unauthorized photo of Stalin

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This photo was taken inside of the Kremlin during the moment he was informed that the Germans were about to take Kiev, 1941 during an operation Barbarossa. Photo credit goes to Komsomolskaya Pravda’s editor-in-chief. He secretly disobeyed orders to destroy it as it was reasoned not to show Stalin.

Three schoolgirls skating home from school

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These three school girls skate home after school. Can you see that how two of the girls are sharing one pair of skates. They are passing housing complex which destroyed due to Allied air raids, Essen, Germany, 14 February 1949.

Road to Rome during the Italian Campaign 1943-1945

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You can see here American jeep drive towards Rome through a bombed-out town during the World War II. There was plenty of Allied operations have conducted in and around Italy and called it Italian Campaign.

Vietnamese Using overhead targets

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In this photo you can see that a militia company practices shooting ahead of speeding aircraft in Thanh Tri – 1965. Vietnamese were able to cripple or down many U.S. aircraft by using this kind of outmoded WWII rifles. This militia group well recognized as a Company 6 of the Yen My Commune, have awarded “Excellent Militia” three years in a row. Picture credit goes to Minh Dao.

Recording Blackfoot songs for the Smithsonian by Mountain Chief

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One of this famous rare historical photos was taken at the Smithsonian Institute on February 9, 1916. Here Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet making phonographic record at Smithsonian. Ethnologist  Frances Densmore sitting with Mountain Chief of the Blackfoot Indian tribe during his interpretation of the song in Plains Indian sign language.

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