France

Photos of France, Charles de Gaulle, Champs Elysees, Howitzers, Arc de Triomphe

We have gathered a collection of some of the best and most moving photos taken during the Second World War. They are from the National Archives in Washington D.C.
Please browse at your leisure. Meditate on the sacrifice given by these men and women in wartime.

This page is dedicated to pictures of Wartime France

"Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. 'Full victory-nothing else' to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe." Moore, June 6, 1944. "Landing on the coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire are these American soldiers, shown just as they left the ramp of a Coast Guard landing boat." CPhoM. Robert F. Sargent, June 6, 1944.
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"Crossed rifles in the sand are a comrade's tribute to this American soldier who sprang ashore from a landing barge and died at the barricades of Western Europe." 1944. "American howitzers shell German forces retreating near Carentan, France." Franklin, July 11, 1944.
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An American officer and a French partisan crouch behind an auto during a street fight in a French city, ca. 1944. "General Charles de Gaulle speaks to the people of Cherbourg from the balcony of the City Hall during his visit to the French port city on August 20. 1944."
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American troops in tank passing the Arc de Triomphe after the liberation of Paris, August 1944. "American troops of the 28th Infantry Division march down the Champs Elysees, Paris, in the 'Victory' Parade." Poinsett, August 29, 1944.
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"This girl pays the penalty for having had personal relations with the Germans. Here, in the Montelimar area, France, French civilians shave her head as punishment." Smith, August 29, 1944.  
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