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A U.S. Army soldier cleans his M1903 bolt-action rifle in a camp in England shortly before the Normandy invasion. Although the U.S. Army had adopted the semiautomatic M1 Garand rifle in 1937, a large number of M1903s were still being issued in 1944. Martin K. A. Morgan, author of The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion, due out in a few weeks, explains why M1903s were still in use on D-Day.

1944 US soldier of the 104th Infantry Division, Normandy, France

à partir de Mail Online

Vivid new Battle of the Bulge photos offer never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers braving the frigid weather as they fight off Nazi Germany's last major offensive of World War II

Soldiers of US 1st Army hacking at frozen ground to dig foxholes near their machine gun position.

à partir de Mail Online

The Nazis' secret treasure trove: How Holocaust survivors can now track down works of art looted during World War Two

Art haul looted by Nazis goes online in bid to return masterpieces to owners. Captured: Soldiers from General Patton's Third Army stand among gold reserves stashed away in a salt mine.

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for unloading.

U.S. Army sniper Edward J. Foley of Methuen, Massachusetts - Italy 1944.

Melissa Stockwell is a retired US Army First Lieutenant. she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics and competed in swimming. She works as a prosthetist and has been on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005.

à partir de Getty Images

War and Conflict. World War Two. pic: 1945. Homecomings / Britain. A British soldier with his 8 month old daughter as he arrives at the docks from overseas.

War and Conflict, World War Two, pic: 1945, Homecomings / Britain, A British soldier with his 8 month old daughter as he arrives at the docks from overseas (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)