Baby elephant kept as pet to save her from WW2 blitz
Because of the bombing in 1941, many animals in the Belfast Zoo were killed due to fears of them escaping. This baby elephant named Shelia was kept for months in this unknown woman's backyard, until it was safe for her to return to the zoo. Happily Sheila went on to survive the war, living another 25 years until her death at the zoo in 1966.
Three American soldiers lie half-buried in the sand at Buna Beach on New Guinea. This photo was taken in February 1943, but not published until September, when it became the first image of dead American troops to appear in LIFE during World War II. George Strock's photo was finally OK'd by government censors, in part because FDR feared the public was growing complacent about the war's horrific toll.