July 14, 1944. Two young French women give flowers to an American officer in Cherbourg.The Battle of Cherbourg was part of the Battle of Normandy, fought immediately after the successful Allied landings on June 6, 1944. American troops isolated and captured the fortified port, which was considered vital to the campaign in Western Europe, in a hard-fought month long campaign.
"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." - <i>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.</i>
[Photo] Wainwright dining at New Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan, 30 Aug 1945
A Canadian soldier, serving with the British forces in Normandy, strikes up an acquaintance with a little French girl on september 7, 1944, one of a group of refugees that were fed by the liberating armies. The feeding arrangements were organized by the Civil Affairs. (AP Photo)