So often photos of war focus on the up-close, gritty details — so much so that we lose the sense of the mass scale war takes place on. But this photo of the Imperial Japanese Army troops looking out over a ridge gives that sense of perspective. The Japanese were looking for possible enemy Chinese troops, focusing on a strategic point on the island of Chusan during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Although smaller Japanese incursions into Chinese territories were taking place in 1931, by 1937 a full-scale Sino-Japanese War had erupted after the Marco Polo Bridge incident. Many scholars point to this as the catalyst for the Second World War.

Sino-Japanese War

Chusan Island (Zhoushan Island), Zhejiang Province, Republic of China (now, People’s Republic of China).

14 July 1939. 

Credit: Anti-Worlds