Continuous shell-fire has made this sign necessary Ypres, Belgium, during World War I. A single soldier is sitting on a pile of rubble in front of ruins painted with the name ' Ypres.' Ypres became a symbol of the devastation of the war. For most of the war it was in Allied hands, but it was overlooked by the Germans on the higher ground to the east and they shelled it mercilessly.
D-Day: "The men from my barge waded in the water. Waist-deep, with rifles ready to shoot, with the invasion obstacles and the smoking beach in the background gangplank to take my first real picture of the invasion." -- Robert Capa
An unidentified Australian soldier standing amidst the ruins of Ypres, Belgium, looking towards the remains of the Cloth Hall, 3 September 1917. Built in the 13th century, Ypres' Cloth Hall was all but destroyed during the war through artillery damage, it was painstakingly rebuilt between 1933 and 1967. Photographer: Australian War Photographer Frank Hurley. Image: Australian War Memorial, ID No. E00716 (Colourisation and Research by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)