On June 6, 1944, the landing of the Allied forces in Normandy under the command of General Montgomery, changed the outcome of the war by opening a third front (after the Russian front in 1941 and the Italian front in 1943) and put a definitive end to Hitler's hopes.
More than 3100 barges land thousands of men on five beaches on the Normandy coast: Utah Beach, Omaha Beach for Americans and Sword Beach, Juno Beach and Gold Beach for Anglo-Canadians. However, the breakthrough came only towards the end of June with the capture of the strategically important port city of Cherbourg. On July 31, 1944, the US forces then broke through the German front at Avranches and the road to the liberation of Europe was open.
We also want to celebrate our friend Tony Vaccaro, a legendary American photographer whose photos we distribute. Tony participated in the landing in 1944 when he was a young soldier and now lives in New York.
This selection is a part of the World War II collection.