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After D-Day, 'Somewhere in France'

A photographer’s images document a summer of liberation 70 years ago

  • American soldier is greeted by a smiling Frenchwoman as the Allied troops arrive after D-Day at Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France.

    'Vive les Americains'

    En español | During World War II, American John G. Morris was the London picture editor for Life magazine. After D-Day, in the summer of 1944, the 27-year-old Morris joined the Allied armies in Normandy. “It was about the only time I carried a camera,” he says. In his new book Somewhere in France, Morris shares for the first time the images he recorded right after France's liberation. In this photo, residents greet American liberators as they arrive in front of the theater on the city hall square of Rennes in Brittany on Aug. 4, 1944.— John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • Refugees in Montebourg, Manche, Normandy, France on July 24, 1944.

    Homeless

    Refugees gather in Montebourg, a town in Normandy, on July 24.— John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • A French woman is arrested for being a German “collaborator”, Rennes, Brittany, August 4, 1944.

    Shamed

    On Aug. 4 in Rennes, officials arrest a Frenchwoman accused of being a German collaborator.— John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • British and Canadian war correspondents with a local official, near Saint-Malo; Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, August 8, 1944.

    Press Briefing

    British and Canadian war correspondents sit with a local official near the city of Saint-Malo in Brittany on Aug. 8.— John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • Young orderlies at the First Army press camp, Vouilly, Normandy, August 6, 1944.

    Soldiers in Waiting

    Young orderlies pose for the photographer at the First Army press camp in the town of Vouilly in Normandy on Aug. 6. — John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • German prisoners transported by U.S. soldiers, near Saint-Lo, Manche, Normandy, July 27, 1944.

    Captive Cargo

    American soldiers transport German prisoners near the town of Saint-Lo in Normandy on July 27. — John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • German prisoners taken away by U.S. soldiers, near St. Lo, Normandy, July 27,1944.

    To Parts Unknown

    German prisoners are taken away by American soldiers near Saint-Lo on July 27. — John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • A young German prisoner captured in Saint-Malo, Brittany on August 9, 1944.

    Unwanted Attention

    A young German is taken prisoner in Saint-Malo on Aug. 9. — John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • Refugees in Montebourg, Normandy. on July 24, 1944. The cases are U.S. food rations from the Raritan Arsenal in Metuchen, New Jersey.

    Rest for the Weary

    Refugees pause in Montebourg, a town in Normandy, on July 24. The cases hold U.S. food rations from the Raritan Arsenal in Metuchen, N.J.— John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • Photographer John Morris poses with two French children in Bayeux, Normandy, July 23, 1944.

    Disarmed

    Photographer John G. Morris steps in front of the camera and poses with two French children in the town of Bayeux in Normandy on July 23.— Collection John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • A solder and woman kiss on the day of the release of Dol-de-Bretagne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany on August 7, 1944.

    Interlude

    A soldier and a woman kiss in a field on Aug. 7 in the city of Dol-de-Bretagne during the liberation of Brittany.— John G. Morris/Contact Press Images

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  • Book cover of “Somewhere in France” by John Morris

    'Somewhere in France'

    Photos and captions are from Somewhere in France by John G. Morris 
    — Contact Press Images

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Video: D-Day In HD: The Allies Must Run The Bloody Gauntlet - In this scene, the Allies find themselves vulnerable trying to traverse open ground in a bloody standoff against the Germans at La Fiere.

 

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