The heavily damaged city of St Lo, France

Life on the front lines: Extremely rare colour photos of U.S. troops before and after D-Day show World War II in brand new light

USS St. Lo (CVE-63) sunk by Japanese aircraft during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off Samar, Philippine Islands, 25 October 1944

Name: USS Midway USS St. Lo Builder: Kaiser Shipyards Laid down: 23 January 1943 Launched: 17 August 1943 Commissioned: 23 October 1943 Fate: Sunk by kamikaze aircraft on 25 October 1944

The incredible devastation of St. Lo after aerial bombing just prior to ‘Operation Cobra’.

The incredible devastation of St. Lo after aerial bombing just prior to ‘Operation Cobra’.

St. Lo - Normandy 1944: The Breakout Begins by West End Games from 1986 #factorytoy

St. Lo - Normandy 1944: The Breakout Begins by West End Games from 1986 #factorytoy

A U.S. Army soldier drives a Willys jeep thrown a bombed out city in France.

Lô, France - August 1944 Photo by Frank Scherschel for LIFE Magazine (via) ”

Derniers jours de guerre : Mulhouse, Reims, St-Lo - YouTube

Derniers jours de guerre : Mulhouse, Reims, St-Lo - YouTube

M-29 Weasel (‘St Lo Special 1′) personnel and supply carrier of ‘C’Coy, 121st Combat Engineer Battalion, 29th US Infantry Division. Normandy. c. July 1944.

Weasel (‘St Lo Special personnel and supply carrier of ‘C’Coy, Combat Engineer Battalion, US Infantry Division.

St. Lo, France, July 1944: Two GIs in a Jeep pass outside a German military hospital that was built inside the rock cliff on the left. The hospital was halfway finished when US forces took St Lo from the Germans. During the fighting, the Germans allowed wounded local civilians to shelter in this underground facility during the initial bombardment of June 6, 1944.

Lo, France, July Two GIs in a Jeep pass outside a German military…

JUL 19 1944 Last stand of the Wehrmacht in St Lo A young German soldier surrenders as the US Army approaches St Lo.

German soldier carrying a white flag surrenders to American troops on the outskirts of St-Lo.

JUL 19 1944 Last stand of the Wehrmacht in St Lo A German photograph of the devastation in St Lo, taken in June or early July 1944.

JUL 19 1944 Last stand of the Wehrmacht in St Lo A German photograph of the devastation in St Lo, taken in June or early July

View of part of the demolished town of St. Lo, looking West from the tower of the St. Lo Cathedral. This series of 35mm shows what total war...

View of part of the demolished town of St. Lo, looking West from the tower of the St. This series of shows what total war.

: 13th July 1944. A destroyed German Panther tank is inspected by an American soldier in the St.Lo - St.Jean de Daye area of France

: 13th July 1944. A destroyed German Panther tank is inspected by an American soldier in the St.Lo - St.Jean de Daye area of France

Fallschirmjäger prisonner and wounded, near St. Lo , july 1944, Normandy, France.

Fallschirmjäger prisoner and wounded, near St. Lo , July Normandy, France, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Signal troops of the 29th Division operate a BD-72 12 line telephone switchboard in St Lo, France. This was the command post of Major Johns, 115th Infantry, 29th Division on the 18th of July, 1944. It was located in the crypt of Mausoleum Strainer in St-Lo cemetery. In the foreground stands a GI with his M1 rifle which he has named "Cry Baby"

Signal troops of the Division operate a 12 line telephone switchboard…

Una pattuglia americana transita in Saint-Lô , Rue du Chêne Dancel  sparsi sul terreno due   granatieri Tedeschi #NORMANDIA1944

An American patrol passes in Saint-Lô, Rue du Chêne Dancel, scattered on the ground two German grenadier, NORMANDIA 1944 and the same street today

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