On 6 June 1944, the Allied forces opened up a second front in Normandy to liberate France from the German occupation. 90,000 Allied troops landed on the Omaha Beach, codename for Coleville-Sur-Mer. Many were killed by German troops but the Allies managed to defeat the Germans, thus liberating France in the coming months.
Robert Capa, a war correspondent and photographer for LIFE magazine, landed with E Company of the 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division on Easy Red Sector of Omaha Beach to photograph the landing. For 90 minutes during the first wave of landings, Capa used four rolls of 35mm film to take his 106 photos which he delivered to a darkroom assistant for development. Unfortunately, too much heat was used to dry the negatives, the emulsions melted and ran down. Only eleven photographs survived. Here are nine.
Photos by Robert Capa / Magnum Photos
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” Psalm 139:14, NIV
U.S. Army Major Robert Eldridge, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group executive officer, prepares before mounting a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, May 7. Eldridge was injured while on a combat patrol in Shkin, Patika province, Afghanistan, Dec 17, 2004. He was in the lead vehicle when it was struck by an anti-tank mine. Upon arriving at Forward Operating Base Salerno, his left leg was amputated in order to save his life. (Photo by Army Sgt. Devin James)
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