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Lieutenant Louise Erman of the US Army Nurse Corps throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class.  The Army Nurses were put through rigiours training in preperation for the opening of the second front—Normandy—by the Allies where they would follow the landing forces to help the wounded.

“ Lieutenant Louise Erman of the US Army Nurse Corps throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class. ” The Army Nurses were put through rigiours training in preperation for the opening of the second front–Normandy–by the.

American WACs landing in Normandy, 14th July 1944

Utah Beach, july 18 transshipment of WACs (Women Army Corps) from an LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) on a pontoon.

Original caption:The guns of war may be rumbling nearby, but even the perils of battle can't rob the American woman of her right to look her best at all times. Here, on the U.S. Fifth Army Front in Italy, WAC Private Lois Lebert of Lafayette, Louisiana, applies her lipstick outside her tent quarters.

Fifth Army Front in Italy, WAC Private Lois Lebert of Lafayette, Louisiana, applies her lipstick outside her tent quarters.

War correspondent Helen Kirkpatrick photographed in combat gear, February 1944

War correspondent Helen Kirkpatrick photographed in combat gear, February respected reporter and the first female journalist of WWII

Three nurses of the 203d Gen. Hosp. prepare for movements overseas. Note that all three wear the Winter Combat Jacket ("Tanker" jacket). This photograph was taken in England prior to the unit's embarkation to Normandy, 1944 ~

Three nurses of the Gen. prepare for movements overseas. Note that all three wear the Winter Combat Jacket ("Tanker" jacket). This photograph was taken in England prior to the unit's embarkation to Normandy, 1944 ~

A 1st Lt. of the 203d General Hospital identified as simply « Mac », is pictured standing in the doorway of an M1934 Pyramidal Tent in Normandy ~

of the General Hospital identified as simply "Mac" is pictured standing in the doorway of an Pyramidal Tent. The picture was taken during the first day in Normandy.

2nd Lt. Mary W. Harrison, U.S. Army Nurse Corps at Anzio, Italy, 1944. 21st General Hospital.  She was awarded the Purple Heart for combat wounds received at Anzio during an air raid on 7 February 1944. Three other Nurses were killed ~

Mary W. Harrison, U. Army Nurse Corps at Anzio, Italy, General Hospital. She was awarded the Purple Heart for combat wounds received at Anzio during an air raid on 7 February Three other Nurses were killed ~

Bastogne, België: Soldiers of the 28th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, march down a street in Bastogne, 20 December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.

Bastogne, België: Soldiers of the Infantry Division, U. Army, march down a street in Bastogne, 20 December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. Band of Brothers.

An American soldier in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, France - 16 June 1944.  Photo by Robert Capa.

War front An American soldier in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, France - 16 June Photo by Robert Capa.