Before And After D-Day, In Color

American troops in an English park
A small town in England in the spring of 1944
Passing time on the Thames, Spring 1944
View of the ruins of the Palais de Justice in the town of St. Lo, France, summer 1944.
GIs search ruined homes in western France after D-Day
An American Army chaplain kneels next to a wounded soldier in order to administer the Eucharist and Last Rites
Coast of France, June 1944
Captured German Soldiers, France, 1944
Life amid the ruins, France, June 1944
The scene that greeted Allied troops throughout France in the weeks and months after Normandy

An abandoned German machine gun, France, June 1944
A P-38 fighter plane sits in the background as the pilot arrives in a captured German vehicle
Maintenance work on an American P-47 Thunderbolt in a makeshift airfield in the French countryside, 1944
Frenchmen transport painted British and American flags for use in a parade, summer 1944
Holding services in dappled sunlight, France, 1944

All images by Frank Scherschel for Life Magazine

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on August 4, 2011.

One Response to “Before And After D-Day, In Color”

  1. Wow, incredible pictures from an incredible time in history! Thanks for posting those!

    For you fellow WWII buffs out there, you might be interested in this new book thats coming out about General Omar Bradley. I got a free chapter online and it’s really good! here’s the link- http://www.regnery.com/books/omarbradley.html

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