It’s one thing to hear stories about WWII. I remember listening to my grandfather in amazement when he would tell us about his time as a Paratrooper in Battle of the Bulge.
When you see these photos in full color it adds a completely new respect for the men and women who fought in that great war. Scroll slowly and take in every detail from every image you can.
It’s as though these images were taken yesterday.
First Assault On Normandy
Some of the first American soldiers to attack the German defenses in Higgins Boats (LCVPs) approach Omaha Beach near Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Plastic covers protect the soldier’s weapons against from the water. (Photo by Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard/Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
German Prisoners of War
German Prisoners of War are kept behind barbed wire on Omaha Beach on June 10, 1944. Landing Ship, Tanks can be seen on the beach and barrage balloons in the air for protection. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Destroyed French City Saint-Lo
Two American soldiers watch U. S. Army jeeps driving through the ruins in Saint-Lo in August of 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord Normandy in June. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
U.S. Rangers from E Company
United States Rangers from E Company, 5th Ranger Battalion, on board a landing craft assault vessel (LCA) in Weymouth harbor, Dorset, on June 4, 1944. The ship is bound for the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. Clockwise, from far left: First Sergeant Sandy Martin, who was killed during the landing, Technician Fifth Grade Joseph Markovich, Corporal John Loshiavo and Private First Class Frank E. Lockwood. They are holding a 60mm mortar, a Bazooka, a Garand rifle and a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Troops On Their Way to Storm Normandy
U.S. troops on the Esplanade at Weymouth, Dorset, on their way to ships bound for Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings in Normandy in June of 1944. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Lieutenant Hunter Army Pilot
October 1942. “Lieutenant ‘Mike’ Hunter, Army test pilot assigned to Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
Young Infantry Man Trains at Fort Knox
June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. “Infantryman with halftrack. A young soldier sights his Garand rifle like an old-timer. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
Last Meal Before D-Day
Dining out: American troops eat a meal set on top of boxes of ammunition amid preparation for the D-Day invasion of France.
Unknown Destroyed City in Italy
American servicemen drive in jeeps through an unidentified and nearly completely destroyed town, Italy, May 1944.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Supreme Allied Commander American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, his deputy, British Chief Air Marshal Arthur Tedder , and the principal commander of Allied ground forces in Europe, British General Bernard L. Montgomery, stand in a US armored vehicle as they review a tank exercise, Salisbury, England, 1944.
Unknown Hitler Speech
Abandoned German Machine Gun
An abandoned German machine gun, France, June 1944. Photo Credit: Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
French Countryside Airfield
Maintenance work on an American P-47 Thunderbolt in a makeshift airfield in the French countryside, summer 1944. Photo Credit: Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Standing Guard In The Ardennes Forest
American troops man trenches along a snowy hedgerow in the northern Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge.