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Rare 8mm Footage From WWII Shows A Soldier’s Incredible Journey

After finding an 8mm camera during World War II, U.S. Army cook George Laird began filming his journey through war-torn Europe up to Germany following D-Day. The silent footage gives a rare and special glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the soldiers off the battlefield. It also shows the utter devastation that was brought on by the war.

The 12 minutes of footage captured by Laird shows countless troops making their way by convoy through Europe, where they encounter local civilians picking up the pieces of their shattered towns and lives. The soldiers spend their downtime relaxing, goofing around, and preparing for what was ahead of them.

World War II started in 1939 and went through 1945. In the official 6 years and 1 day that the war raged, over 60 million people were killed, including military personnel and civilians. The United States joined the war against Germany, Japan, and Italy in 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Watch the incredible footage below of this soldier’s journey though Europe below!

(Note: remember that it is silent footage, so there is no sound.)

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Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.