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When photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture of five US marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima, he could not have anticipated that it would become one of the most memorable and most recognizable images of the Second World War. Widely reprinted across a thousand publications, the image resonated with everyone who saw it, and was promptly reproduced in postage stamps and later sculpted in bronze at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia.

Thousands of miles away at Moscow, it inspired Stalin to stage a similar victory photographs but with Red Army soldiers hoisting the Soviet flag.


Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, by Yevgeny Khaldei, is one of the most iconic photographs from the Battle of Berlin and the Second World War in general.

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