Before WWII – Photos

Japanese soldiers involved in street fighting in Shanghai, China in 1937. The battle of Shanghai lasted from August through November of 1937, eventually involving nearly one million troops. In the end, Shanghai fell to the Japanese, after over 150,000 casualties combined.

Check 44 more photos of different events before the war at the Atlantic photo blog – HERE

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armed_partisan June 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

Pretty cool. Note the photo of the Nazi Party HQ in NYC in 1932, since the National Socialists were the third most popular political party in the US before the war, and German was the second most common language spoken in America. Also note the photo of a troupe of Nazis protesting in front of Woolworth’s in Germany in 1933. Department stores were the Wal-Marts of the 1930’s, and we all know how much modern Leftists love to hate Wal-Mart.

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Ed June 26, 2011 at 06:37 pm

Yeah. Those damn modern leftists, always wanting to buy locally made goods from small business owners.

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armed_partisan June 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Yeah, fuck those small business owners in desperately poor countries overseas! Assholes think they can get ahead by selling competitively priced products in a free market! The nerve of them! Don’t they realize there are wealthy union members in America who need to sell an inferior version of that same product at an inflated price to other Americans so they can pay off their second or third car?

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That one guy June 26, 2011 at 04:30 pm

It’s moving stuff. Also, it’s a pain to think that even before the seccond world war, the rest of the world was still squabbling. Just… :C

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James June 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Just curious in photo 21, how did the fascist in northern Spain have M1 Garands?? I’m no history buff, just a question out of curiosity. Thanks

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armed_partisan June 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I, too, thought those looked like M1 Garands, but they almost certainly are not. The M1 was adopted in 1936, so it’s doubtful that there were enough around to sell, send, or give to anyone. Also, the US officially supported the Democrats in the Spanish Civil War, not the Fascists. Also, look at how the sling is mounted on those rifles. Very un-Garand like. It’s probably some Mauser variant.

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Jeff June 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I’m not positive, but am pretty sure its the spanish mauser 1893, you can kinda make out the leaf sight above the guy’s (the one behind the MGs) offhand index finger,

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/DSC005054.JPG

P.S. Now that I look at it, it does have a remarkably similar stock to the garand, especially the rounded upper foregrip

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