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15 Wonderful Send-off Photos of WWII Soldiers on Their Way to Battle

Because the U.S. entered World War II only after Pearl Harbor in 1941, many young men who had been following the news were raring to join up when the time came.

This huge influx of soldiers and sailors meant that bus and train depots were often full of scenes like these in the 1940s, while other Allied countries already had large numbers of soldiers shipping out since the beginning of the war. Have a look below at the touching send-offs from around the world.

Wiki Commons

From 1944 caption: “On a busy platform at London’s Euston station, women and children wave goodbye to their loved ones. In the foreground, a group of two women and two children can be seen waving to someone at the window of the carriage,and further down the platform, a soldier leans out of the window to give his girlfriend one last kiss.” Via/ Wiki Commons

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U.S. Navy sailor kissing his mother goodbye at the Greyhound bus terminal, Washington, D.C. in 1943. Via/ Flickr

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From 1942 caption: “Washington, D.C. A soldier kissing his girl goodbye at Union Station.” Via/ Library of Congress

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Canadian soldier kissing his gal, 1942. Via/ Flickr

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From 1943 caption: “Chicago, Illinois. Soldier kissing his girlfriend goodbye at the Union Station.” Via/ Library of Congress

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A soldier’s goodbye in Australia. Via/ Flickr

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Enlisted and in love. Via/ Flickr

Even in times of war, you can see the love in these photos. Soldiers from around the world gave tender goodbye kisses to their wives, sweethearts, and mothers as they left for battle.

Library of Congress

From 1942 caption: “Washington, D.C. A sailor kissing his girl goodbye at Union Station.” Via/ Library of Congress

State Archives of Florida

Couples saying goodnight in front of FSCW’s Bryan Hall in Tallahassee, Florida. Via/ State Archives of Florida

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From 1943 caption: Chicago, Illinois. Private D.N. Daniels kissing his wife goodbye at the Greyhound bus terminal.” Via/ Library of Congress

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From 1943 caption: “Indianapolis, Indiana. A soldier and a girl saying goodbye at the Greyhound bus station.” Via/ Library of Congress

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Australian soldiers saying farewell. Via/ Flickr

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From 1943 caption: “Chicago, Illinois. Soldier kissing his girlfriend goodbye at the Union Station.” Via/ Library of Congress

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From 1943 caption: “Chicago, Illinois. Soldiers saying goodbye at the train concourse of the Union Station.” Via/ Library of Congress

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From 1943 caption: “Bus trip from Knoxville, Tennessee to Washington, D.C. Soldier saying goodbye to his wife and child at small town in Tennessee.” Via/ Library of Congress

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