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American soldiers by Santa Lucia fountain. Naples, 1944

27 Rare color photos from WWII - American Army trucks parked next to the St. Lucia fountain in Sicily, Italy.

In this picture of the Life’s photographer George Silk some American M4 Sherman tanks parked in a field of poppies during the Italian Campaign in August 1944. Note the soldier crouched in the middle of the flowers as a relax moment, but also the gun of the second Sherman traversed as if to counter a possible threat from the side. The date and the landscape suggest the Central Apennines likely during the first operations against the Gothic Line. A question for the armored vehicles expert…

American tank crews at rest in a poppy field. Soon these tanks will take part in the breakthrough of the “Gothic line” that stretches along the South-Western slopes of the Apennines to the Adriatic sea.

Loading LSTs in Naples for the landing at Anzio, Italy, January 1944. Trucks and jeeps were combat loaded, ready to roll-off and fight upon arrival.

Loading LSTs in Naples for the landing at Anzio, Italy, January Trucks and jeeps were combat loaded, ready to roll-off and fight upon arrival.

29 Colorized Historical Photos That Make The Past Seem Not So Far Away

29 Colorized Historical Photos That Make The Past Seem Not So Far Away

29 Colorized Historical Photos That Make The Past Seem Not So Far Away I'm not a huge fan when it comes to colorized versions of black and white photos.

1944 in France

Lô, France - August by Frank Scherschel for LIFE Magazine (via)

American soldiers clearing volcanic ash from the streets of an Italian town after the 18-23 March 1944 eruption of  Mount Vesuvius. (US National Archives)

American soldiers clearing volcanic ash from the streets of an Italian town after the March 1944 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. (US National Archives)

Nurses Rock!

end of world war II. A sailor was so happy that he grabbed an unknown nurse in the street and gave her what is quite possibly the most famous kiss of all time. I want an epic kiss like this one day! MY FAVORITE PICTURE.

American combat engineers eat a meal atop boxes of ammunition stockpiled for the impending D-Day invasion, May 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

American soldier in England - Before and after D-Day: Rare color photos depict life during World War II

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