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Photograph taken from a Captured German Film Showing a Nazi Soldier beside a Disabled American Half-Track

Photograph taken from a Captured German Film Showing a Nazi Soldier beside a Disabled American Half-Track

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Original caption: This photo from a captured German film shows a Nazi soldier beside a disabled American half-track signaling his unit to advance during the counter-attack the Germans launched in the Belgian sector of the Western Front Dec. 16, 1944. The attack was described by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as the enemy's supreme effort to break out of a desperate plight. Nazi troops were hand picked with advance paratroop teams almost entirely composed of English speaking men. Allied Supreme Headquarters announced Dec. 23rd that a German armored column had reached the area of Marche 38 miles west of the Germany-Luxembourg border. Meeting the enemy thrust, U.S. troops took 2,200 prisoners in one day and in the area east of Malmedy, smashed 60 German tanks, more than half of the Panzer Division's tank forces. An armada of 4,000 Allied fighters and bombers swept in in support of the ground forces, blasting the Germans in and behind the battle area. They shot down 178 German planes, probably downed 22 more, damaged 29 and destroyed 9 on the ground. Undated.

Photographs of the Allies and Axis

The Normandy landings on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 was the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Continental Europe. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard invasion in Europe, to defeat German troops.





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