An American soldier cradles a wounded Japanese boy and shelters him from the rain in the cockpit of an airplane during the Battle of Saipan while waiting to transport the youngster to a field hospital. July, 1944. [OS][1500 × 1269] : HistoryPorn

An American soldier cradles a wounded Japanese boy and shelters him from the rain in the cockpit of an airplane during the Battle of Saipan while waiting to transport the youngster to a field hospital. July, 1944. [OS][1500 × 1269] : HistoryPorn

A U.S. Marine during the Battle of Saipan. June 27, 1944. Photo by W. Eugene Smith.

A U.S. Marine during the Battle of Saipan. June 27, 1944. Photo by W. Eugene Smith.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

World War II photographs show American soldiers' fight for survival in brutal Battle of Saipan

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

An American soldier assisting a woman out of a cave during the battle of Saipan.

An American soldier assisting a woman out of a cave during the battle of Saipan.

A US soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child during the battle between Japanese and American forces. Saipan, 1944

A US soldier offers his hand to a woman leaving a cave where she had hidden with her child during the battle between Japanese and American forces. Saipan, 1944

This has been one of my fav photos since I discovered it at 13 <3 MARIANAS ISLANDS - JULY 15: Grizzled & weary US soldier smoking a cigarette during the final days of fighting to gain control of the island of Saipan from occupying Japanese forces during WWII.

This has been one of my fav photos since I discovered it at 13 <3 MARIANAS ISLANDS - JULY 15: Grizzled & weary US soldier smoking a cigarette during the final days of fighting to gain control of the island of Saipan from occupying Japanese forces during WWII.

A US Marine saving a Japanese baby whose parents had committed suicide during the Battle of Saipan. Originally left for dead, the baby was found among a large pile of people who had killed themselves.  June, 1944 - Saipan.

A US Marine saving a Japanese baby whose parents had committed suicide during the Battle of Saipan. Originally left for dead, the baby was found among a large pile of people who had killed themselves. June, 1944 - Saipan.

The Battle of Saipan began on June 15, 1944.  Navajo codetalkers such as these played a crucial role in directing naval artillery during the 24 day battle.

The Battle of Saipan began on June 15, 1944. Navajo codetalkers such as these played a crucial role in directing naval artillery during the 24 day battle.

World War II Battle of Saipan photographed by W. Eugene Smith 1944.

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World War II Battle of Saipan photographed by W. Eugene Smith 1944.

A Japanese plane is shot down during the battle of Saipan in 1944

A Japanese plane is shot down during the battle of Saipan in 1944

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