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World War II: 100 photos from the European theater

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Also known as the Second European War, the European theater of World War II refers to the area across Europe that saw fierce conflicts throughout the duration of the war, between September 1939 and May 1945. We look back at some images from one of the violent conflicts in human history.

(Pictured) A U.S. Martin B-26 Marauder bomber of the 12th Air Division flies behind the German lines after having bombed a railway bridge, in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, in September 1944.

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