Before and After D-Day: Rare Color Photos From LIFE Magazine - LIFE
A P-38 fighter plane sits in the background as the pilot arrives in a captured German vehicle, France, 1944. inShare23 Share on Tumblr Frank Scherschel '40s It’s no mystery why images of unremitting violence spring to mind when one hears the deceptively simple term, “D-Day.” We’ve all seen — in photos, movies, old news reels — what happened on the beaches of Normandy (codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold and Sword) as the Allies unleashed an historic assault against German defenses on June 6
American troops in courtyard of ruined building, northwestern France, summer 1944.
An American tank crew takes a breather on the way through the town of Avranches, Normandy, summer 1944.
Time Life's description of this picture. "GIs tramp in review across an English field, 1944, as the long-planned Operation Overlord - the D-Day invasion of France - draws near. With 160,000 Allied troops taking part, the cross-Channel attack was the single greatest air-land-and-sea invasion in military history."
"We thought it was going to be murder but it wasn't. To show you how easy it was, I ate my bar of chocolate. In every other operational trip, I sweated so much the chocolate they gave us melted in my breast pocket." — Frank Scherschel describing his experiences photographing the Normandy invasion from the air, before he joined Allied troops heading inland. Above: GIs search ruined homes in western France after D-Day. inShare23 Share on Tumblr Frank Scherschel '40s It’s no mystery why imag
Magazines scattered among the rubble of the heavily bombed town of Saint-Lô, Normandy, France, summer 1944.
An American Army chaplain kneels next to a wounded soldier in order to administer the Eucharist and Last Rites, France, 1944.