Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

By Jack Loftus on at

 

This is it. The Allied invasion of Europe and the beginning of its attempt to wrest control of the war-torn continent from Hitler's Nazi regime and a faltering Italian southern front. In part 16 of In Focus's 20-part photography series on World War 2, we see the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

These are images of war machines in action; of brave men dying in the fields of battle; of uncertain assaults whose scope and ferocity have yet to be recreated in modern times.

Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

This man-made breakwater served to protect and sustain the Allied beach invasions in Normandy on D-Day.

Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

During the massive paratrooper action in the Netherlands, known as Operation Market Garden, the perils of jumping into the Dutch homeland are never more evident.

Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

Three GIs find time for a drink at the cafe in a blasted French cityscape. [In Focus]