American Soldiers Run through a Severely Damaged French Village

June/July 1944 Photograph

As Allied forces pushed inland in the days and weeks following D-Day, they encountered a determined German force. Lacking air support and heavy artillery, the Wehrmacht relied on their Panzer battalions and veteran soldiers to mount a fierce resistance to the Allied advance. In spite of these well-trained troops, American forces pushed inland and proceeded to take the Cotentin Peninsula, the port of Cherbourg, and vital German strongpoints over the coming weeks.

Under the cover of comrades' fire at left and near the building at right, a group of American soldiers dash through the haze of battle smoke to attack hidden Nazis in a small French village.