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NSFW: Nude Young Soldiers of World War II

world_war_ii_my_buddy_va_int_as001_02895_srgb_1501231056_id_877700 We won't argue that men look sexy fine in a military uniform. But some soldiers look pretty good caught off guard in the nude, too.

Photographer Michael Stokes has spent years collecting an archive of over 500 images of World War II allied soldiers playing, relaxing, bathing, cavorting and enjoying each other's company in the nude. Now these never-before-seen images have been collected in a new photo book, My Buddy: World War II Laid Bare, a rare, intimate glimpse into uninhibited male bonding amid the horrors of war.

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From the publisher:

Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “buddy” relationships for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships. When they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging tension in boisterous—sometimes naked—play.

These images show men barely out of boyhood, at their physical peak, responding to the reality of battle by living each day to the fullest—a side of the war never before made public.

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