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"Red Ball Express" tonnage sign, France "Red Ball Express" tonnage sign, France
Corporal Charles H. Johnson of the 783rd Military Police Battalion, waves on a "Red Ball Express" motor convoy rushing priority materiel to the forward areas near Alencon, France. September 5, 1944. Sgt. Bowen. (Army)
 
 
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101st Airborne Division, E Company, receive citation for D-Day 101st Airborne Division, E Company, receive citation for D-Day
 The 101st Airborne Division, 506th PIR, E Company, "Easy" Company, nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles” receive citation in Normandy for heroism in combat during the D-Day landings.  Lt. Richard Winters and his men led an attack that destroyed a battery of German 105 mm howitzers which were firing onto the causeways that served as the principal exits from Utah Beach during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.  Lt. Richard Winters received the Distinguished Service Cross. Lynn "Buck" Compton, Bill Guarnere, Gerald J.Loraine and Joe Toye received the Silver Star. Carwood Lipton, Donald Malarkey, Myron Ranney, Joe Liebgott, Walter Hendrix, John Plesha, Cleveland Petty and "Popeye" Wynn recieved the Bronze Star.
 
 
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101st Airborne fire mortars at German army 101st Airborne fire mortars at German army
U.S. Troops with 101st Airborne fire mortars across the Rhine river at the retreating German army, May 1945.
 
 
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1st Battalion during "Operation Cobra" 1st Battalion during "Operation Cobra"
 Two columns of American soldiers with 1st Battalion, on the main road in Avranches during "Operation Cobra" to attack German SS troops and armored divisions around the area, July 26, 1944.  The legendary Operation Cobra, led by General Patton, caused the Avranches breakout (percée d'Avranches) and the liberation of the city on 31 July 1944. Avranches was then used as the starting point for the liberation of Brittany and the rest of North-West Europe.
 
 
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22nd Armoured Brigade in Normandy "Operation Goodwood" 22nd Armoured Brigade in Normandy "Operation Goodwood"
22nd Armoured Brigade in Normandy preparing for "Operation Goodwood" July 17, 1944. "Operation Goodwood" was an Allied military operation during the Second World War lasting from July 18 to 20, 1944 in Normandy. It is the largest tank battle that the British Army has fought.
 
 
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28th Infantry Division march in "Victory" Parade, August 29, 1944 28th Infantry Division march in "Victory" Parade, August 29, 1944
American troops of the 28th Infantry Division march down the Champs Elysees, Paris, in the "Victory" Parade. August 29, 1944. Poinsett. (Army)
 
 
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2nd Armored Division battle German forces, Bocage 2nd Armored Division battle German forces, Bocage
  Sherman tanks and 75mm Howitzer M8 Motor Carriage, with the 2nd Armored Division battle German forces near the Bocage area during "Operation Cobra," France
 
 
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3rd Armored Division move into Marigny 3rd Armored Division move into Marigny
 M5A1 Tanks from 3rd Armored Division nicknamed "Spearhead Division" moving tanks and armoured vehicles on the road to Marigny. Light armoured tanks of the 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd AD, the M5A1 on the left is from B Company.
 
 
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80th Infantry Division attack SS Panzer Div, Argentan 80th Infantry Division attack SS Panzer Div, Argentan
 U.S.Troops from the 80th Infantry Division move into Argentan after pushing the 9th SS Panzer Division out, August 17, 1944.
 
 
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8th Air Force unload bombs over ball bearing factory, Paris 8th Air Force unload bombs over ball bearing factory, Paris
 B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 390th Bomb Group, 13th Bomb Wing, 8th Air Force, unload 500-pound (227-kilogram) general purpose bombs on the Hispano-Suiza engine plant and the Compagnie d'Applications Mécaniques (CAM) ball bearing factory in Bois Colombes outside of Paris, France.  After the attack in this photo, the ball bearing production was moved to mushroom caves near Taverny at great effort and expense. Casings for the Hispano-Suiza engines had to be shipped from the Pyrenees, difficult with the wrecked transport system leading up to Operation Overlord. When Paris is liberated in August 1944, cases of finished engines are found at the Hispano-Suiza plant. There was no transportation to take them to the Luftwaffe.
 
 
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9th SS Panzer half-track destroyed 9th SS Panzer half-track destroyed
 American officer in front of a destroyed 9th SS Panzer Division half-track "Sd Kfz 253" and corpses lay on ground after Germans begin a major counter-attack toward Avranches, France, Aug 7, 1944.
 
 
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American officer and French partisan fight Germans in Paris, France American officer and French partisan fight Germans in Paris, France
American officer and French partisan crouch behind an auto during a street fight in Paris, France, 1944.
 
 
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American soldier are greeted by French, "Tout Belfort Est Libre" American soldier are greeted by French, "Tout Belfort Est Libre"
Frenchwoman exclaims to neighbor and to American soldier: "Tout Belfort Est Libre" (All Belfort is liberated). November 25, 1944. Leibowitz. (Army)
 
 
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Canadian 3rd Infantry Division take Caen Canadian 3rd Infantry Division take Caen
Canadian troops of the 3rd Infantry Division entering Caen, France, 9 July 1944.
 
 
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Captured Tiger "E" tank with the 101st SS Panzer Battalion Captured Tiger "E" tank with the 101st SS Panzer Battalion
Tiger "E" tank belonging to the 101st SS Panzer Battalion captured in running order near the Chateau de Rauray and taken over by crewmen from the Nottingham Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry.
 
 
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Captured Waffen-SS by 6th Armored Division Captured Waffen-SS by 6th Armored Division
 Captured Waffen-SS prisoners are being taken to the 6th Division POW Encampment for interrogation. There was 218 captured Germans by the Free French Infantry and 6th Armored Division, Plouay, France, August 28, 1944.
 
 
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Church in ruins after German retreat, France Church in ruins after German retreat, France
 Two US soldiers discuss matters with the priest, inside the ruins of a church after the German retreat in France. You can see in the background the collapse roof of the church, August 1, 1944.
 
 
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Crew during swim call on LST-32 "Alameda County" Crew during swim call on LST-32 "Alameda County"
 Crew of the "Alameda County" LST-32, during swim call off the coast of Normandy, France, August 1944. Commander of the "Alameda County," LT. Gardner P. Mulloy.
 
 
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Cromwell tanks from the 22nd Armoured Brigade at TAC HQ Cromwell tanks from the 22nd Armoured Brigade at TAC HQ
Cromwell tanks from the 22nd Armoured Brigade at TAC HQ. The Cromwell was the first British tank to have a reliable engine (the Rolls Royce Meteor). Production started at Leyland Motors arsenal from mid 1943 onwards. The Cromwell tank with its well-tried suspension, powerful engine and good protection gave the British tank crews the opportunity to be at par with their German opponents. It saw action from May 1944 onwards and became the most important, in both numerical and quality terms, of the British tanks.
 
 
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Crowds of Parisians celebrating end of German occupation, Paris Crowds of Parisians celebrating end of German occupation, Paris
Crowds of Parisians celebrating the entry of Allied troops into Paris scatter for cover as a sniper fires from a building on the place De La Concorde. Although the Germans surrendered the city, small bands of snipers still remained. August 26, 1944. Sgt. Joe Verna. (Army)
 
 
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Dead German soldier "last stand" defenders, Cherbourg, France Dead German soldier "last stand" defenders, Cherbourg, France
This dead German soldier was one of the "last stand" defenders of German-held Cherbourg. Capt. Earl Topley, who led one of the first outfits into the fallen city, blamed him for killing three of his troops, Cherbourg France. June 27, 1944. Zwick. (Army)
 
 
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Destroyed town of Saint-Lo during Destroyed town of Saint-Lo during
 Destroyed rail station and town of Saint-Lo, during "Operation Cobra" (U.S. troops break out west of St. Lo) July 30, 1944. Saint-Lo, France.
 
 
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General Charles de Gaulle speaks to crowd at Cherbourg, Aug 20, 1944 General Charles de Gaulle speaks to crowd at Cherbourg, Aug 20, 1944
General Charles de Gaulle President of the French Committee of National Liberation, speaks to the people of Cherbourg from the balcony of the City Hall during his visit to the French port city on August 20, 1944.
 
 
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German battery and observation post, Normandy 1943 German battery and observation post, Normandy 1943
 German bunker with with battery and observation post, Normandy beach, 1943.
 
 
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German bunker and observation post, Normandy, 1943 German bunker and observation post, Normandy, 1943
 A German bunker with 15 ft. thick reinforced concrete walls, with battery and observation post at Normandy beach, 1943.
 
 
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Helmets from captured German soldiers on battlefield Helmets from captured German soldiers on battlefield
 Helmets and papers strew all over battlefield after the capture of German soldiers in France, July 20, 1944.
 
 
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Japanese-American 442d Combat Team, France Japanese-American 442d Combat Team, France
Two color guards and color bearers of the Japanese-American 442rd Combat Team, stand at attention, while their citations are read, near Bruyeres, France, where many of their comrades fell, 11/12/44.
 
 
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M7 Priest with 14th Armored in Carentan M7 Priest with 14th Armored in Carentan
 105mm Motorized Howitzer M7 Priest with the 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion of the 2nd D AD moves through the streets of Carentan, France.
 
 
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Sherman tanks in convoy during the liberation of Paris Sherman tanks in convoy during the liberation of Paris
 Over 100 of Patton's Sherman tanks in convoy with a group attached to the "Leclerc's division" are getting ready for battle during the liberation of Paris, August 14, 1945.
 
 
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Soldiers march in "Victory" parade down Champ Elysees, Paris Soldiers march in "Victory" parade down Champ Elysees, Paris
Parisians line the Champ Elysees to cheer the massed infantry units of the American army as they march in review towards the Arc de Triomphe, celebrating the liberation of the capital of France from Nazi occupation. August 29, 1944. Parker. (Army)
 
 
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