In this candid photo, happy Muscovites watch German prisoners being marched through the streets of the Soviet capital as a demonstration of Red Army victories, July 17, 1944. In all, the parade included some 57,000 German soldiers and officers (including 19 generals), mostly captured in Belarus by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Belorussian Fronts. Right behind the POW columns came watering tanks, symbolically washing away the Nazis dirt from the Russian asphalt.
Northern France, June 21, 1944: Panzer driver with injured left hand holding the map and army lieutenant determine direction at an unidentified location. By late June 1944, the Allied forces fanning out from Normandy were being deployed on a broad-front mass attack on German forces in France.