A platoon of black American soldiers surround a farm house in an unknown French town, searching for a German sniper who had been holding up the advance of the Allied invasion of Normandy, June 14, 1944.

A platoon of black American soldiers surround a farm house in an unknown French town, searching for a German sniper who had been holding up the advance of the Allied invasion of Normandy, June 14, 1944.

World War II, 13th February 1945, London, England, A Rescue worker holds a cat amidst the devastation and rubble caused by a V-bomb launched by a Nazi raid in Judd Street (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

World War II, 13th February 1945, London, England, A Rescue worker holds a cat amidst the devastation and rubble caused by a V-bomb launched by a Nazi raid in Judd Street (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

St. Mary du Mount, 12 June 1944 - a group of American soldiers drink at the fountain of the village surrounded by women and children.

St. Mary du Mount, 12 June 1944 - a group of American soldiers drink at the fountain of the village surrounded by women and children.

"Special Services, Com-Z 5", Normandy, 30 June 1944 (24 days post invasion), "Services spéciaux, Com-Z 5", la Normandie, le 30 Juin 1944 (24 jours après l'invasion)

"Special Services, Com-Z 5", Normandy, 30 June 1944 (24 days post invasion), "Services spéciaux, Com-Z 5", la Normandie, le 30 Juin 1944 (24 jours après l'invasion)

Transfert de blessés sur le navire-hôpital HMS Llandovery Castle 2 à Cherbourg en 1944

Transfert de blessés sur le navire-hôpital HMS Llandovery Castle 2 à Cherbourg en 1944

This is a subject that has long been seen through a feminist prism, almost as a forced emancipation of women, who emerged from the war empowered, self-confident and independent. In Germany, indeed, it became known as the Stunde der Frauen (Hour of the Women) and its most visible symbols were the lines of women who cleared the rubble from the bombed-out city streets.

This is a subject that has long been seen through a feminist prism, almost as a forced emancipation of women, who emerged from the war empowered, self-confident and independent. In Germany, indeed, it became known as the Stunde der Frauen (Hour of the Women) and its most visible symbols were the lines of women who cleared the rubble from the bombed-out city streets.

These are Buchenwald concentration camp guards who received a beating from the prisoners when the camp was liberated by the Americans. The picture was taken in April 1945.

These are Buchenwald concentration camp guards who received a beating from the prisoners when the camp was liberated by the Americans. The picture was taken in April 1945.

Bill Millin was a 21-year-old private in Britain’s First Special Service Brigade when his unit landed on the strip of coast the Allies code-named Sword Beach, near  Caen, at the eastern end of the invasion front for the landings on June 6, 1944. Wading ashore in waist-high water that he said caused his kilt to float, Private Millin reached the beach, then marched up and down, unarmed, playing the tunes Lord Lovat had requested, including “Highland Laddie” and “Road to the Isles.”

Bill Millin was a 21-year-old private in Britain’s First Special Service Brigade when his unit landed on the strip of coast the Allies code-named Sword Beach, near Caen, at the eastern end of the invasion front for the landings on June 6, 1944. Wading ashore in waist-high water that he said caused his kilt to float, Private Millin reached the beach, then marched up and down, unarmed, playing the tunes Lord Lovat had requested, including “Highland Laddie” and “Road to the Isles.”

Several hundred German prisoners passing by the equestrian statue of Napoleon at Cherbourg. June 1944.

Several hundred German prisoners passing by the equestrian statue of Napoleon at Cherbourg. June 1944.

Porter un équipement complet, les troupes d'assaut américaines se déplacent dans un Omaha Beach beachhead le nom de code, sur la côte nord de la France, le 6 Juin 1944, lors de l'invasion alliée de la côte normande.

Porter un équipement complet, les troupes d'assaut américaines se déplacent dans un Omaha Beach beachhead le nom de code, sur la côte nord de la France, le 6 Juin 1944, lors de l'invasion alliée de la côte normande.

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