By Kevin M. Hymel
On June 6, 1945, two Stars & Stripes newspaper reporters traveled to Normandy with a mission: to photograph the effects of the year-old D-Day landings on the beaches, towns, and fields. The beaches were still strewn with the weapons of war, towns were in rubble, and almost every inch of ground contained some evidence of the great armies that battled for this part of France.
Their photographs reveal the enormous scale of the operation and its power. They also display the machines and inventions of modern warfare. Wandering civilians serve as a reminder that these battlefields were home to simple farmers and their children. The guns had fallen silent all over Europe a month before, but it would be years until Normandy’s scars of war finally healed.