Heartwarming Vintage Photos of Soldiers Sharing Goodbye Kisses During War

Throughout history, war has often meant prolonged separations for countless couples. From the World Wars of the early 20th century to more recent conflicts, soldiers have had to leave behind wives, fiancées, and sweethearts, not knowing if they would return.

During the World War II, these partings were widespread. Photographs and letters from the time poignantly capture the raw emotions of these farewells. In train stations, docks, and military camps, couples clung to each other, sharing a final embrace or a last kiss, encapsulating their hopes, fears, and love.

In the absence of their loved ones, soldiers and their significant others often relied on letters to bridge the gap. These letters were filled with declarations of love, longing, and reassurances. They served as lifelines, connecting hearts across dangerous distances.

Photographs, too, played a crucial role. Whether a soldier carried a crumpled photo in his pocket or a young woman kept a framed picture on her bedside table, these images served as a tangible reminder of love, anchoring them in the midst of upheaval.

The last kiss, captured in the following photographs photographs, symbolized both hope and despair. It was a hope for a safe return and a future together yet tinged with the despair and reality of war’s unpredictability. For some, it was a hurried goodbye snatched in the chaos of departure. For others, it was a solemn, silent promise of fidelity and hope.

Post-war periods often saw emotional reunions, where the memory of the last kiss was replaced by the joy of a return. Sadly, for some, the last kiss remained the final memory, a poignant reminder of a love lost to the ravages of war.

#1 Korean War goodbye kiss, Los Angeles, Sept. 6, 1950.

#2 American soldiers’ last kiss before deployment to Egypt, 1963.

#3 Sailor kissing a nurse, Times Square, End of WWII, 1945.

#4 Woman kissing US soldier at Connecticut train station, 1945.

#5 Farewell to troops, New York’s Penn Station, April 1943.

#6 Woman kissing returning British soldier, London, 1940.

#7 Jean Moore kissing fiancé, WWII veteran Ralph Neppel, 1945.

#10 American soldier kissing English girlfriend, Hyde Park, 1945.

#11 Soldiers kissing loved ones before Egypt deployment, 1935.

#12 Farewell to troops, New York’s Penn Station, April 1943.

#13 Coffee served at party for Army cadets, Mississippi, 1943.

#14 English soldiers saying goodbye, Egypt deployment, 1937.

#16 Sailor lifting girlfriend for a kiss over fence, 1945.

#18 Farewell at New York’s Penn Station, April 1943.

#20 Young woman on roller skates with soldier, 1940s.

#21 US soldier giving Japanese girl bicycle ride, Japan, 1946.

#22 GI and girl among sheep, Kensington Gardens, London, 1945.

#25 Couple sharing farewell kiss, Penn Station, 1943.

#27 Kiss in Times Square, V-E Day, New York, May 8, 1945.

#28 Manchester Regiment member, quayside reunion, Southampton, Egypt move.

#29 Young couple chalking hearts on tree, Valentine’s Day, 1944.

#30 US soldier sharing chocolate bar and cigarettes, 1940s.

#31 Soldier saying goodbye to wife, Seattle, WWI, 1917.

#32 Soldier with present for girlfriend, California, 1943.

#33 American GI and French girlfriend on date, 1940s.

#34 American soldier and Frenchwoman kissing, Life Magazine, 1944.

#36 Farewell to troops, New York’s Penn Station, April 1943.

#38 D. Brown kissing fiance Terry, HMS Wakeful, Portsmouth, 1955.

#40 Actress Martha O’Driscoll kisses soldier, Los Angeles, 1941.

#42 Soldier kissing girlfriend, Waterloo Station, London, 1939.

#43 British Tommie kisses Rhineland sweetheart, Konigstein, Germany, Sept. 1929.

#44 Husbands kiss wives after returning from war, 1940s.

#45 Soldier greeted with kiss from wife, home from France, Christmas.

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