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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 Allies where they would follow the landing forces to help the wounded.

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.

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.

War correspondent Helen Kirkpatrick photographed in combat gear, February 1944

War correspondent Helen Kirkpatrick photographed in combat gear, February 1944

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 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 ~

Army Nurse 2nd Lt. Anna Mae Deeds in the snow ~

Army Nurse 2nd Lt. Anna Mae Deeds in the snow ~

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~

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

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

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