An American paratrooper and an old French woman enjoy a joke together in the shell-torn streets of Sainte Mere Eglise, 20th June 1944. (Keystone / Getty Images)

A group of young Jewish resistance fighters are being held under arrest by German SS soldiers in April/May 1943, during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto by German troops after an uprising in the Jewish quarter. (AP Photo)

D-day: French Resistances & American Paratroopers.

France was liberated in 1944, and women accused of having been collaborated with Nazi personnel, are humiliated in public. This may seem like a war crime to todays’ audience, but during a time when people were overjoyed at seeing the Nazis leave, this image would have evoked feelings of victory.

A captured teenage Nazi is in tears as he holds out his wounded arm for a sympathetic American to examine as they wait for a medic in Cherbourg. The French were sometimes puzzled (and angered) by Americans' kind treatment of prisoners, including giving them oranges, which they had not seen for years. God Bless America!

Captain Ronald Reagan during World War II

French soldiers in a bunker on the Maginot Line surrendering in 1940 to German soldiers.

Perhaps the defining moment for all Allied forces fighting in the Battle of the Bulge came when the Germans demanded the surrender of American troops surrounded in the town of Bastogne. United States General Anthony McAuliffe, above, replied to the ultimatum with a now-legendary one-word response: "NUTS"

Thousand-yard stare. A young German soldier from the SS-Panzerdivision 'Hitlerjugend'. Caen, Normandy,June 1944

An American soldier gives a drink of water to a wounded German prisoner lying on a stretcher somewhere in the Normandy, on June 19, 1944, battle area through which the allies advanced. (AP Photo)

101st Airborne troops pose with a captured Nazi flag, two days after landing at Normandy.

A French woman has her head shaved as punishment for having had personal relations with the Germans. Montelimar area, August 29, 1944.


During the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944), allied soldiers decorated their helmets with lace curtains, after realizing it provided excellent camouflage in the snow.

Nazi tanks roll into Paris.

A dangerous woman in the most literal sense, Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was a sniper in the WWII Soviet Army. She racked up at least 54 kills of German soldiers before her death from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher. (If that's not a DRASTIC career change, I don't know what is!)

HERO -----> An incredible woman: Starting in October 1943, Marianne Cohen smuggled groups of youngsters to Switzerland until she was arrested in May 1944, with a group of 28 children. The Jewish members of the underground planned to rescue her but she refused, lest her escape result in tragic consequences for the children.

American soldier France 1944. WWII

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

WWII American soldier with Stg44

French resistance fighter known as Nicole posing with a MP 40 submachine gun, 23 Aug 1944; she was credited with capturing 25 Germans and killing several more in the Chartres, France area.