Throughout the Second World War, United States Navy combat photographers cataloged a conflict that defined a generation. Embedded in units and ships throughout the fleet, the photographers captured timeless images of aerial operations, artillery bombardments, Marine Corps action, ship to ship engagements, and kamikaze attacks.
The Combat Photograph Collection is composed entirely of official U.S. Navy photographs, featuring their original captions. All of the combat prints, which total 3,003 black-and-white, 8x10 photographs, are part of the Edward J. Steichen Photography Collection, and are the product of numerous Navy photographers, including Steichen. The collection was assembled, named, and donated to the Special Collections & Archives Department, Nimitz Library by Thomas J. Maloney, editor and publisher of U.S. Camera.