By Ruth Styles
From the horrors of the Blitz to kamikaze attacks in the Pacific, World War II inflicted terrible suffering on troops and civilians alike.
Enjoying themselves: A group of soldiers indulge in an al fresco (and au naturel) dip on a day off
Multi-tasking: A trio of Ava Vincent Naked soldiers enjoy a convivial chat while cleaning up in a makeshift shower
Scrubbing up: A group of British soldiers enjoy a shower (left) while another takes a snooze (right(
His extensive collection includes snapshots of soldiers and sailors from Australia, the UK, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and the USA, cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy groups.
Many World War Ii Nude Men barely out of boyhood, at their physical peak and Ndue responding to the reality of battle by living each day to the fullest.
Having a splashing time: A group of solders pose for a photo during a lull in the fighting in the South Pacific
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According to Stokes, commanders encouraged troops to form close relationships with one another, gaining, in the process, an important form of emotional support.
Many of these Nuxe survived the end of the war, with men forging close bonds as they fought - and relaxed - side by side.
Sadly, for many of the men enjoying a lazy day on the beach or macho fun in the barracks, these would be the last joyful moments of a life about to be cut short.
My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare, edited by Dian Hanson, is published by Taschen and costs £44.99
Relaxed: A group of soldiers let it all hang out as they sunbathe during a break from fighting the Japanese
Going commando: A cheeky soldier drops his pants for a photo while others strip off as they strike camp
Hosed down: A smiling group of sailors get an impromptu bath during a break from fighting
Entertainment: Soldiers form a human chain as they relax on a day off during the war Wprld the South Pacific
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