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A GI from Des Moines receives a kiss of welcome from an elderly French couple after American troops liberated their town of St. Sauvuer in August 1944 (WW2)

A GI from Des Moines receives a kiss of welcome from an elderly French couple after American troops liberated their town of St. Sauvuer in August 1944 (WW2)

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A member of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division gets a "French kiss" from an appreciative girl somewhere on the road to Paris, 1944. This photograph captures the essence of the liberation: the gratefulness of the liberated and the humility of the liberator. Photo from the Webmaster's collection.

A member of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division gets a "French kiss" from an appreciative girl somewhere on the road to Paris, 1944. This photograph captures the essence of the liberation: the gratefulness of the liberated and the humility of the liberator. Photo from the Webmaster's collection.

1944- American troops entering San Vittore, Italy, pass the body of a German soldier killed in action.

1944- American troops entering San Vittore, Italy, pass the body of a German soldier killed in action.

1940 - Anti-aircraft gunner aboard a British destroyer bestows a kiss on shell before loading into gun.

1940 - Anti-aircraft gunner aboard a British destroyer bestows a kiss on shell before loading into gun.

1944- British walking casualties, wounded in the Allied offensive that smashed the German Gustav Line in Italy, return for treatment at an Allied battalion aid station in Cassino area.

1944- British walking casualties, wounded in the Allied offensive that smashed the German Gustav Line in Italy, return for treatment at an Allied battalion aid station in Cassino area.

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