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Normandy’s Little Victims

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Normandy’s Little Victims

In the October 2014 issue of WWII History Magazine, you'll see rare photographs of French children who struggled to cope with the hardships of war.

In the October 2014 issue of WWII History Magazine, you'll see rare photographs of French children who struggled to cope with the hardships of war.

War spared no one.

As modern armies clashed in France’s Normandy countryside, French civilians found themselves in the crossfire or on the receiving end of bombs and heavy weapons. American medics, and sometimes just frontline soldiers, took time from their official duties to check, bandage, and cure whoever they could. Many suffered from maladies related to living in the elements to escape aerial artillery bombardment.

Of particular interest were children, truly innocent victims of war. The sight of a child in pain stopped GIs in their tracks, and the liberation of France suddenly became a personal mission. To the children, American soldiers were heroes and saviors. They would never forget the men and women who saved them. The feeling was mutual.

In the October 2014 issue of WWII History Magazine, you'll see rare photographs of French children who struggled to cope with the hardships of war.

In “Normandy’s Little Victims,” Kevin Hymel’s heartbreaking photo essay, you’ll see rare photographs of French children who struggled to cope with the hardships of war. In many circumstances, a truly Allied team of doctors, nurses and orderlies from America, Russia and Switzerland worked together to care for their young patients.

All this and more in the October 2014 issue of WWII Quarterly, which features over 84 pages of stories and insight from the world’s leading experts and researchers. Stories like:

“First Day at Arracourt”
During the Allied advance across France, American armored units prevailed in a major battle with German tanks. The opening hours at Arracourt were crucial.

“Liberating Guam”
The island in the Marianas had been U.S. territory for nearly half a century when it was overrun by the Japanese in 1941.

“Polish Power in Italy”
The Polish II Corps rendered valuable service to the Allied cause during the arduous Italian campaign.

“Death on the Volkhov”
An initially promising Soviet offensive during the winter of 1942 ultimately led to the destruction of the 2nd Shock Army.

 

Order your copy of WWII History today and start discovering these milestones of history. And if you pick up one of our digital editions, you can get in on all the action immediately!

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