Haunted and wounded, heavily-bandaged US soldiers enjoy brief respite from gunfire by the Normandy shore: Harrowing photographs show the horrific reality faced by 70,000 Americans during the D-Day landings

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  • Photographs illustrate the horrors faced by US soldiers during the Second World War’s D-Day landings 
  • The Allies landed around 156,000 soldiers in Normandy, France, with the American forces sending 73,000 
  • Almost 2,500 Americans are thought to have died, and nearly 2,000 troops from the other Allied Nations 

    These harrowing photographs illustrate the horrors faced by US soldiers during the Second World War’s D-Day landings in France, on June 6, 1944.

    Towns reduced to rubble, wounded soldiers, and terrified troops making their way towards the Normandy shore have all come to light in chilling images depicted for a new book The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by historian Brooke S. Blades.

    D-Day saw tens of thousands of courageous allied soldiers face the terrifying prospect of landing on France’s northern shoreline to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

    And given the incredible scale of the invasion, almost 2,500 Americans are thought to have died, as well as nearly 2,000 troops from the other Allied Nations.

    In the weeks after the landings, including D-Day itself, the Battle of Normandy saw over 425,000 Allied and German troops killed, wounded or missing.

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