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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Unpublished Photos From the Ruins | LIFE

One scene shared by all of the 20th century’s bloodiest conflicts might have been lifted straight from The Road Warrior, or a Beckett play: spectral landscape; buildings obliterated; blasted trees; lifeless wasteland. The photographs in this gallery, for instance — pictures never published in LIFE and starkly referencing every bleak, war-battered panorama from Verdun to Iwo Jima to Chosin Reservoir to Pork Chop Hill — were made in September, 1945, in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Unpublished Photos From the Ruins – LIFE.

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