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Poor child, forced to fight, captured, likely terrified. He didn't have a chance. Thankful we don't force children to fight and hope it never comes to that.

Poor child, forced to fight, captured, likely terrified. He didn't have a chance. Thankful we don't force children to fight and hope it never comes to that.

World War 2 Poster.  Americans: Always fighting for liberty!  They thought so, and so did I, until our cuteness rulers reign

World War 2 Poster. Americans: Always fighting for liberty! They thought so, and so did I, until our cuteness rulers reign

Germans fighting in Osterbeek, Netherlands against the British 1st Airborne Division, Operation Market-Garden, 1944.

Germans fighting in Osterbeek, Netherlands against the British 1st Airborne Division, Operation Market-Garden, 1944.

Captured German boy soldier enjoys a cup of coffee aboard a U.S. Coast Guard LCI, Normandy coast, 1944

Captured German boy soldier enjoys a cup of coffee aboard a U.S. Coast Guard LCI, Normandy coast, 1944

Miss Ena Squire-Brown, an international dancer (famed for her Dove Dance) leaving her recently bombed London home for St. George’s Church in Forest Hill, to marry Royal Air Force flying officer J.C. Martin in 1940.

Miss Ena Squire-Brown, an international dancer (famed for her Dove Dance) leaving her recently bombed London home for St. George’s Church in Forest Hill, to marry Royal Air Force flying officer J.C. Martin in 1940.

American M4 Sherman tank bogged down in deep dirt of the rugged countryside near Minturno during the campaign to drive German forces from Italy. May 1944.

American M4 Sherman tank bogged down in deep dirt of the rugged countryside near Minturno during the campaign to drive German forces from Italy. May 1944.

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old. 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old. 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

Navy pilot George H.W. Bush, 1942.  Before going to college, Bush signed up to join the navy and fight in World War II. He rose to the level of lieutenant. He was a navy pilot flying 58 combat missions in the Pacific. He was injured bailing out of his burning aircraft during a mission and was rescued by a submarine.

Navy pilot George H.W. Bush, 1942. Before going to college, Bush signed up to join the navy and fight in World War II. He rose to the level of lieutenant. He was a navy pilot flying 58 combat missions in the Pacific. He was injured bailing out of his burning aircraft during a mission and was rescued by a submarine.

An elderly man sits among the ruins after the Battle of Berlin, May 1945

An elderly man sits among the ruins after the Battle of Berlin, May 1945

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