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PhotosNormandie brings thousands of historical WWII photos from the Battle of Normandy to light — War History Online

PhotosNormandie brings thousands of historical WWII photos from the Battle of Normandy to light — War History Online

U.S. Army troops wade ashore during the D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944....via "40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken"

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

U.S. Army troops wade ashore during the D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944....via "40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken"

Turqueville, june 7, 1944. Many 101st troopers were dropped far from their initial DZ’s. Like Wilbur W. Shanklin, holding his M-1, with fixed bayonet on a rather terrified German officer (identifiable as such by his belt). Shanklin belonged to RHQ/506th PIR and the German was quite likely a member of the 795th Ost Battalion. They are on the road between Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Audouville-la-Hubert.

Turqueville, june 7, 1944. Many 101st troopers were dropped far from their initial DZ’s. Like Wilbur W. Shanklin, holding his M-1, with fixed bayonet on a rather terrified German officer (identifiable as such by his belt). Shanklin belonged to RHQ/506th PIR and the German was quite likely a member of the 795th Ost Battalion. They are on the road between Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Audouville-la-Hubert.

"I've spent the last sixteen months being shot at and you think I care about seat belts!"

"I've spent the last sixteen months being shot at and you think I care about seat belts!"

This captures the horrors of WWI perfectly.  As we approach the hundredth anniversary we would do well to remember.

This captures the horrors of WWI perfectly. As we approach the hundredth anniversary we would do well to remember.

Little girl playing with guns left on streets of Berlin after war in 1945. Note the MP44s in the foreground, the precursor to AK-47.

Little girl playing with guns left on streets of Berlin after war in 1945. Note the MP44s in the foreground, the precursor to AK-47.

This is one of our favorite WWII photos. Taken in 1945, it shows thousands of troops pulling in to NY Harbor aboard the Queen Elizabeth. If this was 2016, there would be thousands of family members there waiting, but back in 1945, train travel was expensive and arrival ships (and dates) often changed. So after they got off the boat, they'd get a train ticket then go to Western Union to send a "I'm back - see you Tuesday!" telegram.

This is one of our favorite WWII photos. Taken in 1945, it shows thousands of troops pulling in to NY Harbor aboard the Queen Elizabeth. If this was 2016, there would be thousands of family members there waiting, but back in 1945, train travel was expensive and arrival ships (and dates) often changed. So after they got off the boat, they'd get a train ticket then go to Western Union to send a "I'm back - see you Tuesday!" telegram.

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