Real War Photos
Welcome to Real War Photos....
Our photo inventory consists of 50,000+ negatives from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Pentagon and private collections, making rare battle action photos from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and beyond available to the public at affordable prices.
Our quality service and continued low prices are just one way for us to say thank you to U.S. Veterans for your service and to our veteran's families for their many sacrifices. Thank you one and all!
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard
Note: Veterans and families - to view and order photos of time in service, click here for our galleries website.
Special thanks goes out to Wally Moceri for the submission of this signed photo of the Enola Gay.
Photo above is of Lee Croissant flying his EC-47 "Iron Butterfly" over I Corps Vietnam 362nd TEWS 1970. Check out Lee's fabulous website: http://www.leecroissant.com/ and click on our 'Veteran Authors' tab about to view a link to excerpts from his intense, historical novel entitled "Flyboys, Round Engines and Spooks". Stay tuned for more photos from Lee. (Photo courtesy of the Lee Croissant collection.)
Above photo was taken while Bruce Gordon was piloting F-102's in Alaska. Bruce was flying the lead and had his wingman fly up by Mt. McKinley in Alaska, 1963. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Gordon, personal collection, USAF, Alaska, Korea and Vietnam.) To view more photos from Bruce Gordon, click on "veteran's voices" tab at the top of this page.
April 6, 1917 - U.S. enters WWI
RWP Photo # A27099A - With the Americans Northwest of Verdun, France; when the Americans entered the village of Montfaucon they discovered under the roof trees of the house that is shown in this snapshot an observatory from which the crown prince is supposed to have watched the futile slaughter of his troops upon Verdun in 1916. Another version has it that he watched from the steeple of Montfaucon church which is the highest point between the Aisne and Meuss. The Americans found the observatory in the house well equipped as if the observer had left in a hurry. Note the periscope sticking out from the far end of the roof tree like a third weather vane. 1918.
WWII-Battle of Santa Cruz - October 26, 1942
B23910 The Second Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. Another near miss on the USS Enterprise (CV-6). The plane didn't get far though, it crashed just the other side of her, 26 October, 1942. (Photo courtesy of NARA)
Real War Photos....
Real War Photos Inc. continues to recognize and honor our soldiers; the many American men and women who have sacrificed so much over the years for the freedom we enjoy today, by providing affordable, quality photo memories of their time in service.
RWP has been reproducing quality war photographs for over 50 years. Founded in 1962 by George Chizmar, Sr, in Hammond, IN and relocated to Ann Arbor, MI after his death in 2001.
We are currently digitizing our entire photo collection which is a long process, but worth the wait so customers can view the pictures online prior to purchase. Our latest updates in technology plus state-of-the-art scanners and printers, allow us to produce photos at the highest resolution, that are sharp, clear and long-lasting. At RWP, we use top-grade, professional photo paper and quality ink available to give you photos that can be handed down in pristine condition to future generations.
Our core website www.realwarphotos.com also provides veteran help in the form of veteran-related information, Navy reunions, veteran author book sales and more.
View photos on our Galleries website at http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com
IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ON OUR GALLERIES WEBSITE...PLEASE EMAIL US WITH YOUR REQUEST AS ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF OUR PHOTOS HAVE BEEN SCANNED-IN TO DATE. email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle of Midway
RWP# N234 USS Yorktown (CV-5) Battle of Midway
Sinking of the USS Yorktown CV-5 in the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. The 19,000 ton carrier lists heavily to the port side after attack by Japanese bombers and torpedo planes in the Battle of Midway. The aircraft was struck by two torpedoes launched by an enemy submarine, capsized and sunk the following day. The Yorktown carried approximately 80 planes and had complement of some 2,000 men. American losses included the destroyer USS Hammann, torpedoed while escorting the Yorktown and a total of 92 officers and 215 during the entire battle. Japanese losses included four carriers and two heavy cruisers definitely sunk and numerous other vessels sunk or damaged. A destroyer on the right was taken almost dead astern of the Yorktown.
HOW TO ORDER PHOTOS & CATALOGS:
Check out our photo collection: Real War Photos Galleries
or copy & paste this link http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com in your browser.
- Photos - Click here to go to the new Real War Photos Galleries to view, purchase prints or download photos.
Prints or downloadable photos can be purchased in various sizes and prices plus a small postage and/or processing.
Note: If you prefer to order photos by phone call 734-327-9696.Pay by personal check or money order via U.S. Mail; credit card payments are accepted thru PayPal.
- ONLINE CATALOGS- Fill in request at Contact Us.
PDF catalogs (small size) sent online via email are FREE!
Smaller (1 and 2 pg) catalogs are available in this newer style and include 'thumbnail' sized photos plus descriptions, dates and order form sent to you as a PDF.
(Larger catalog requests can only be sent in print- see below.)
- PRINTED CATALOGS- Go t the page of interest (ie WWII Battles) found at the top of this page and click on the order button under the catalog listing or simply call us at 734-327-9696 and request a catalog or send your request via email. Note: Printed catalogs may require a small printing & postage fee.
USS Casablanca (CVE-55) - September 2, 1945
RWP# N878 On the USS Casablanca (CVE-55)
Crewmen in sickbay celebrate V-J Day. (Photo courtesy of NARA.)
ARMY - NAVY - AIR FORCE - MARINES - COAST GUARD
Historical war photos...
pictures of all major battles; all branches of service.
HONOR & REMEMBER THE VETERAN IN YOUR LIFE...
Consider the gift of a photo of his or her time in the service of our country. A photo of their ship or camp is often received with thankfulness and a tear for a memorable and defining time in their lives.
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Check out our photo collection (click on the title below):
Real War Photos Galleries or copy & paste this link http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com into your browser.
We have photos available for purchase covering the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War plus current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both our main website and galleries website are used by veterans, their families, students, professors, novelists, genealogists and collectors forresearch and gifts.
Many of our rare battle action photoswere previously inaccessible to the general public, but are now declassified and available through Real WarPhotos.
Please stop back often as we are continually scanning in our inventory of over 50,000 battle action photos and as we research and locate more historic moments in our great American History.
Note: We just returned from the National Archives with thousands of New Photos from Korea, Vietnam and the Civil War. Make sure you check out the "New Arrivals" on our Galleries website over the next several weeks and months as we add these photos to our online collection.
Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941
For a list of all the ships at or within 12 miles of Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack, please click here.... WWII - Famous Battles.
Go to our GALLERIES website to view our Pearl Harbor photo collection as well as each ship involved. Just search on PEARL HARBOR or on the ship's name or ship's designation.
If you'd like to view or purchase photos from our ever-expanding photo collection, then go to our new....
Real War Photos is a valuable link to history, covering past wars and all service branches:
Indians & the Old West (late 1700's to mid 1800's)
Civil War (1861 1865)
WWI (1914 - 1920)
WWII (1939 - 1946)
Korean War (1950 - 1955)
Vietnam War (1961 - 1975)
Persian Gulf War (1990 - 1995)
Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (2001 - present day)
RWP's core site offers historical notes, Navy reunion updates, vet resources, vet news (click on tabs above). Our new Galleries website offers photos for viewing, print purchases and downloads.
Give your vet a photo-memory-gift from one of the most eventful and memorable times in his or her life!
Add to your family photo wall or genealogy project.
Check out our photos at http://realwarphotosgalleries.ifp3.com
Board the decksof the mightiest warhips in the history of the world, with rare shipboard and battle damage photos.
Consider this our sampler catalog, with some of our most popular photos, including; Battleships (BB), Large Cruisers (CB) Heavy Cruisers (CA), Light Cruisers (CL), Destroyers (DD & DE), Submarines (SS), Mine & Patrol Vessels, Carriers (CV, CVB, CVL. CVE), Fleet Auxilliaries, Naval & Army aircraft. The Army and Marines at the Battle of St. Lo, France, Battle of the Bulge-Bastone, Saipan plus famous dignitaries of WWII.
FRONT LINE BATTLE ACTION Catalog- 46 pages (thumbnails and lists); Go to WWII-Famous Battles for ordering informatioon on this catalog for just $2.00
(Due to large size, available in Print format only.)
Above photo, RWP # N3031C - USS New Jersey (BB-62) South China Sea, fires a salvo toward a target in the republic of Vietnam. March 1969. (Photo courtesy of NARA.)
B23713A Jap photo of "March of Death". This picture, captured from the Japanese and just released by the U.S. Army, shows American prisoners as they started out on the infamous "March of Death" brom Battan. Some 3,000 men began the march without food or water -- few finished. 3/7/1945. (Photo courtesy of NARA.)
Photo on right: A112 Utah Beach American paratroopers among the first to make landings on the continent, holds a Nazi flag captured in a village assault. St. Marcouf, France. June 8, 1944. (Photo Courtesy of NARA.)
N9371A - USS Herring (SS-233) Launched 1/15/1942 at Portsmouth, NH. The submarine was reported as being over due from patrol and presumed lost on 10/23/1944. (Photo Courtesy of NARA.)
TESTIMONIAL: (see more on tab at top of page)
"Thanks for the photo-just what I wanted. Gave it to an old vet and he cried when he got it. It was his home at sea for three years and he didn't have a photo." Robert K., Daytona Beach,FL (See "Vet's Voices" tab for more testimontials.)
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Veterans Ambassador: Frank E. Albrecht
WWII Consultant: Wally Loder
Vietnam Consultant: Terry E. Tison
The National Archives, Dept of the Navy, Army Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, Dept of Defense, Pentagon, Veterans and their families and private collectors as noted.
The National Archives&amp;amp; Records Administration, Library of Congress, Pentagon, Wikipedia, - Columbia Encyclopedia. Sixth Edition - Famous Quotes from Great Quotes.com - The American Heritage Dictionary - Roget’ New Thesaurs - Bartlett's Quotations - Foreign Language Dictionary - - (many others as noted on specific tabs throughout the site).
Thank you for your service.
Note: Approximately 90% of the photos on our website were acquired from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington DC; declassified and now ‘Public Domain’. In most instances, the photos were taken by a Signal Corps photographer, in which case the photos are property of the U.S. Government and now public domain, or the photos were taken by an individual associated with a branch of the military during a particular war or conflict, who has granted permission for images to be available to the public via the NARA.
All private collections come with a letter of permission to use the photos on the website, as references in publications, for educational or genealogical purposes and for general public sale and distribution.
We want to thank the employees of the NARA and Library of Congress or their assistance over these many years in acquiring photos and document requests for veterans and their families.
We've been busy digitizing our entire collection of over 50,000 battle action photos of American soldiers at war in order to provide customers with photographs of superior quality, and to extend preservation. New printing technologies create photographs that will far outlast conventional darkroom printing techniques (as our photos will not spot or fade from chemical processing), keeping your pictures looking crisp and clear for decades to come.
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RWP has been in business for over 50 years, established in Hammond, IN and now located in Ann Arbor, MI.
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10th - Military Spouses Day
*12th - Mother's Day
*15th - Peace Officers Day
*18th - Armed Forces Day
22nd Nat'l Maritime Day
*27th - Memorial Day (observed until noon)
*30th Memorial Day
*Official 2013 Flag-Flying Day
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Consider the gift of a photo of his or her time in the service of our country. It is often received with thankfulness and a tear for a memorable and defining time in their lives.
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RWP# MM24500A Aerial broad on stern starboard, returned to port of Philadelphia; built 6/27/52. Photo coutesty of NARA.
Historic Dates in April:
4/3/1949 - NATO Founded
4/6/1917 - US enters WWI
4/25/1898 - Spanish Amer War begins
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email your book info including title; author's name; brief description and purchase info.
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Editor's Note to All Americans:
IT IS A TRAVESTY THAT OUR TRUE HEROS RETURN HOME TO A POOR JOB MARKET AND IN MANY CASES, FACE HOMELESSNESS. RWP SENDS A PORTION OF ALL PHOTO SALES TO HOMELESS U.S. VETERANS AND WE HOPE WHEN IT'S TIME TO DONATE TO A CHARITY, YOU DO THE SAME. DONATE TO A CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE-HELP SAVE A VET TODAY!
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P.S. If you can't financially help, stop by a nursing home or VA Hospital and find a vet to express your thanks and just listen.....
Like to view just a portion of our photo collection....go to the new GALLERIES WEBSITE.
Remember their sacrifice...
Pray for our Military and Civilians in Combat Zones.
Remember our pledge....
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ,
AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
A tribute to the last Doughboy....
At 110yrs old, America's last survivor of WWI - Frank Woodruff Buckles
(Feb 1, 1901 Feb 27, 2011)
Laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary on 3-15-2011 with full military honors.
To learn more aboutFrank W.Buckles and to donate to his memorial or film, please clickon the links below...
A grateful Nation thanks you for your service. Above photo courtesy of NARA.)
Check out the latest in ourVETS VOICES:
NOTE THE LATEST CONTRIBUTION FROM OUR ASSOCIATE FRANK E. ALBRECHT.... VIEW PHOTOS & COMMENTS FROM IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN COURTESY OF U.S. MARINE,CPL. SETH SASSAMAN. (That's Seth in the middle!)
THANK YOU& GOD BLESS OUR GUYS!
Honoring a true American Hero...
Robert L. Howard
Colonel Retired, US Army
1939 - 2009
One of America's most decorated soldiers;
the only one nominated 3 times for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Read more about his feats and life
Atoll Journey -Project Update
Check out author Jeremy Edward Shiok's journey through the South Pacific. High point of trip - joint forensic dig effort by POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Tarawa. You may have heard of the repatriation of 300+ Marines still buried in the sands of battle but coming home. Also at work, Steve C. Barber's documentation which includes a dive to a Sherman tank that overturned during the battle in 30ft of water, entombing it's crew.
FAMILIES UNITED TOWARD UNIVERSAL RESPECT...
Co-founders of F.U.T.U.R.E, Joan and Fareed Betros, started the nonprofit organization as a result of their experiences and service in Iraq since 2003.
"To heal our nation,we must heal our families,
and the women are the key."
--Siham, Member of "Women for Future - Iraq"
Take special note of the 'Hugs for Healing' flight.
(Photo courtesy of Fareed Betros)
Honor Veterans Fly Our Flag!
M225 Marines raising flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 23 Feb 1945. Photo courtesy of NARA.
Remember Our Vets...
RWP's Owner/operator, George D. Chizmar just safely returned home after 15mos in Iraq - WELCOME HOME GEORGE!
Black Sheep Squadron
Bougainville-3rd Marine Div
Eniwetok -2nd Marine Div
Guadalcanal-1st MD,1st Brig
Iwo Jima-4th&5th Marine Div
Korea-1st Marine Div
Kwajalien-4th Marine Div
New Britain-4th Marine Div
Peleliu-1st Marine Div
Tarawa-2nd Maine Div
Tinian-4th Marine Div
Contact us with your info...FREE LISTINGS!
GO TO OUR "NAVY" TAB AND SCROLL THROUGH OUR LISINGS, BUT NOTE IT IS A 'WORK IN PROGRESS' SO IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
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N-337 WARSHIPS IN LINE
HEADER PHOTO DETAILS:
The photo in Header at Top of Page include the following ships: USS TiconderogaCV-14, USS Langley CVL-27, USS Washington BB-56, USS NorthCarolina BB-55, USS South DakotaBB-57, USSSanta Fe CL-60, USS Biloxi CL-63&the USS Oakland CL-95.Dec 12, 1944. Photo courtesy of NARA.
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