The body of a German soldier lies in front of a café with a sign pointing to the direction of the entrance of the Roules underground vaults, used as air raid shelters, during the Battle of Cherbourg. The battle was part of the larger Battle of Normandy and was fought immediately after the successful Allied landings on 6 June 1944. American troops isolated and captured the fortified port, which was considered vital to the campaign in Western Europe, that ended on 30 June 1944.
World War II Photograph: French civilians go on about their everyday tasks despite the fierce battles raging around them. These women are overtaken on the road by passing Ranger units on their way to a new objective.
American aviators in Normandy inspecting their work, in this case a knocked out Pz V (Panther). German armour was almost completely prevented from moving in daylight by specialised rocket firing allied ground attack fighters; generally P47 Thunderbolts or Hawker Typhoons.