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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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American sniper - Italy July 1944 WW2 (Japanese-American sniper 100th Infantry Battalion of the US 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Castellina Sector, near Livorno, Italy, 15 July 1944)

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.

The first meeting on French soil between Bernard Montgomery and generals Omar Bradley and Miles Dempsey, Normandy, France, 10 Jun 1944.

US Army Rangers scale the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy on D-Day (June 6, 1944).

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORMANDY -- Driver and mechanic George Couser of the 91st Anti-Tank Regiment in a Willys MB Jeep 4x4 with a pet dog in Tessel-Bretteville: June 30, 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.

Marines of VMF-222 on Bougainville relaxing in between strikes, 1944, by Charles Fenno Jacobs

Loading up Willys MB's on a Curtis transport plane.

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A French woman accused of being a German sympathizer being marched past an American Sherman medium tank, near Pre-en-Pail, Normandy, France, Aug-Sep 1944. Most of these women were tortured by the resistance and publicly humiliated.

Brigadier General Frank Merrill (commander of Merrills Marauders) in Burma, 1944

Merrill’s Marauders in Burma 1944

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

George Bush being rescued by the submarine, the U.S.S. Finback, after being shot down while on a bombing run of the Island of Chi Chi Jima, 09/02/1944.

44th Division, Seventh Army inside the Maginot LIne fortifications previously held by Germans, Fort Simserhoff, France, Dec. 1944

November 12, 1944: U.S. medics are seen as they treat wounded comrades at an portable surgical unit during the 36th Division's drive on Pinwe, Burma. (AP Photo)