Notre Dame de Cenilly, France - A French farmer offers cider to American soldiers - 28 July 1944
William P. Chirolas, an American GI during the Battle of Anzio (30 miles south of Rome), shows LIFE photographer, George Silk, things the men in M Company came to dislike during WW2: dextrose tablets, Barbasol, Fleetwood cigarettes and processed American cheese, January 1944. (Photo: George Silk, LIFE)
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Robert Capa shot this photo of Gen. Omar Bradley with the equivalent of a Band Aid at the tip of his nose to cover a ruptured boil. Strict instructions of "no photos" of the general with his Band Aid were circumvented by Capa, who thus captured a very candid portrait of Bradley in the first days after the Normandy landings in June 1944.
US Marines Stanley A. Parks (left) and Randolph Peters pose for the camera with the M1A1 Flamethrower and a M1A carbine, Peleliu, 1944. Compare and contrast their overall appearance with that of cinema "heroes" of the 50s and 60s -- pressed dungarees, clean shaven faces, perfectly laced boots, and polished helmets. Reality vs make-believe.
Flying Fortress, B-17
Normandy invasion, June 6, 1944: US combat engineers take their lunch on ammunition boxes waiting for transport. The entree is fried chicken. There's bread and baked beans, too. US troops enjoyed the best food of all allied forces and, when conditions allowed, there were always three meals every day.
18 Apr 45: On day 18 of 83 of the Battle of Okinawa, famed American journalist and 1944 Pulitzer Prize winner Ernie Pyle is killed on Ie Shima Island by machine gun fire while driving down a road that was considered safe from enemy activity. #WWII #History
American medic in Anzio Italy 1944 WWII
44th Division, Seventh Army inside the Maginot LIne fortifications previously held by Germans, Fort Simserhoff, France, Dec. 1944