Images show Allied troops confronted with fierce Nazi resistance

From D-Day horrors … to HELL: poignant images show how Allied forces are confronted with wild Nazi resistance as they fought to Berlin through war-ravaged Europe

  • Series of spooky photographs of soldiers in north-western Europe in the fall and early winter of 1944
  • After D-Day, the Allies were then given the task of returning the troops of the Third Reich to Germany
  • The ill-fated Operation Market Garden brought forward the reality that the war would continue in 1945
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Following their heroism at the Normandy Landings, a series of captivating images captured the fierce resistance that the Allies faced as they tried to push the Nazis from France.

Poignant photos from the final stages of World War II show American soldiers running in battle while a grenade bursts next to them, a field of abandoned German helmets after a surrender and the stoic expression of a 24-year-old tank operator who only was caught a few days before he was killed in action.

Other images reveal the stripped landscape of a Dutch city plagued by constant air strikes.

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The new book by historian Brooke S. Blades The Americans from Normandy to the German Border: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives offers an insight into what the American soldiers stood for after the D-day landings in the summer of 1944.

After allied soldiers tackled the terrifying prospect of landing on the heavily fortified northern coast of France and managed to break through the defenses of the Nazis, they were then given the task of returning the troops of the Third Reich hit to Germany.

The ill-fated operation Market Garden brought to the fore the reality that the war would continue in 1945 and the was ready for the most expensive battle in American history – The Battle of The Bulge.

Photos also shed light on other important events in the fall and winter of 1944, including the liberation of Paris.

This unfortunate parachutist was portrayed as he landed upside down at a haystack on a Dutch field. His fate was unknown. The image comes from a book that provides insight into what the American soldiers were expecting after the D-day landings in 1944

This unfortunate parachutist was portrayed as he landed upside down at a haystack on a Dutch field. His fate was unknown. The image comes from a book that provides insight into what the American soldiers were expecting after the D-day landings in 1944

This image shows a bursting artillery or mortar grenade beneath the XIX Corps heading for Maastricht to the German border. After D-Day, the Siegried line was penetrated and Aachen fell - but the American First Army suffered heavy losses in the Hurtgenbos. When the winter began, the third army crossed the Moselle and into the Saar

This image shows a bursting artillery or mortar grenade beneath the XIX Corps heading for Maastricht to the German border. After D-Day, the Siegried line was penetrated and Aachen fell - but the American First Army suffered heavy losses in the Hurtgenbos. When the winter began, the third army crossed the Moselle and into the Saar

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This image shows a bursting artillery or mortar grenade beneath the XIX Corps heading for Maastricht to the German border. After D-Day, the Siegried line was penetrated and Aachen fell – but the American First Army suffered heavy losses in the Hurtgenbos. When the winter began, the third army crossed the Moselle and into the Saar

American soldiers investigate ruins on August 20, 1944 at the church in Argentan, near Falaise

American soldiers investigate ruins on August 20, 1944 at the church in Argentan, near Falaise

American soldiers investigate ruins on August 20, 1944 at the church in Argentan, near Falaise

The extent of the damage to the city of Nijmegen was reflected in this vision at the end of September or October. The district suffered heavy fighting to conquer the Waal highway bridge (photo)

The extent of the damage to the city of Nijmegen was reflected in this vision at the end of September or October. The district suffered heavy fighting to conquer the Waal highway bridge (photo)

The extent of the damage to the city of Nijmegen was reflected in this vision at the end of September or October. The district suffered heavy fighting to conquer the Waal highway bridge (photo)

A kiss given to the 4th Division Sergeant Kenneth Averill, from Michigan, by a Parisienne the day after the liberation
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A kiss given to the 4th Division Sergeant Kenneth Averill, from Michigan, by a Parisienne the day after the liberation

A kiss given to the 4th Division Sergeant Kenneth Averill, from Michigan, by a Parisienne the day after the liberation

A remarkable series of photos of a photographer who jumped during the operation on September 17, 1944, as part of the Operation Market Garden operation. The density of open parachutes was clearly visible during the descent

A remarkable series of photos of a photographer who jumped during the operation on September 17, 1944, as part of the Operation Market Garden operation. The density of open parachutes was clearly visible during the descent

A remarkable series of photos of a photographer who jumped during the operation on September 17, 1944, as part of the Operation Market Garden operation. The density of open parachutes was clearly visible during the descent

This hair-raising image shows French women accused of Nazi cooperation with torn clothes, shaved heads and foreheads painted with Swastikas

This hair-raising image shows French women accused of Nazi cooperation with torn clothes, shaved heads and foreheads painted with Swastikas

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This hair-raising image shows French women accused of Nazi cooperation with torn clothes, shaved heads and foreheads painted with Swastikas

A sign that American troops encountered during the liberation of France. The message was simple; because of the atrocities they committed in the neighborhood, no German prisoners were taken prisoner

A sign that American troops encountered during the liberation of France. The message was simple; because of the atrocities they committed in the neighborhood, no German prisoners were taken prisoner

A sign that American troops encountered during the liberation of France. The message was simple; because of the atrocities they committed in the neighborhood, no German prisoners were taken prisoner

Sergeant John Parks was photographed on December 10 after a few days in his tank on the line. Parks, 24 years old, were killed shortly afterwards

Sergeant John Parks was photographed on December 10 after a few days in his tank on the line. Parks, 24 years old, were killed shortly afterwards

Sergeant John Parks was photographed on December 10 after a few days in his tank on the line. Parks, 24 years old, were killed shortly afterwards

A prisoner of war accommodation near Nonant-le-Pin near Argentan on August 21. The camp contained some of the thousands of German soldiers who surrendered in the Falaise Pocket
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A prisoner of war accommodation near Nonant-le-Pin near Argentan on August 21. The camp contained some of the thousands of German soldiers who surrendered in the Falaise Pocket

A prisoner of war accommodation near Nonant-le-Pin near Argentan on August 21. The camp contained some of the thousands of German soldiers who surrendered in the Falaise Pocket

Paratroopers from the 1st British Airborne Division boarded an airplane on their way to drop zones west of Arnhem on September 17, 1944. The photographer, Poznak, apparently revealed the image before taking off because he later joined the 82nd on September 20 and 21 Airborne was in Nijmegen.

Paratroopers from the 1st British Airborne Division boarded an airplane on their way to drop zones west of Arnhem on September 17, 1944. The photographer, Poznak, apparently revealed the image before taking off because he later joined the 82nd on September 20 and 21 Airborne was in Nijmegen.

Paratroopers from the 1st British Airborne Division boarded an airplane on their way to drop zones west of Arnhem on September 17, 1944. The photographer, Poznak, apparently revealed the image before taking off because he later joined the 82nd on September 20 and 21 Airborne was in Nijmegen.

Medical personnel reached formerly isolated troops and established an aid station for the treatment of some wounded near Mortain, as seen in this photo by Salvas on August 12, 1944

Medical personnel reached formerly isolated troops and established an aid station for the treatment of some wounded near Mortain, as seen in this photo by Salvas on August 12, 1944

Medical personnel reached formerly isolated troops and established an aid station for the treatment of some wounded near Mortain, as seen in this photo by Salvas on August 12, 1944

From Harlem to Hitler: an African-American artillery unit serving the Third Army and on August 20 near Mantes-Gassicourt on the Seine, loading a grenade with the label & # 39; From Harlem to Hitler & # 39;

From Harlem to Hitler: an African-American artillery unit serving the Third Army and on August 20 near Mantes-Gassicourt on the Seine, loading a grenade with the label & # 39; From Harlem to Hitler & # 39;

From Harlem to Hitler: an African-American artillery unit serving the Third Army and on August 20 near Mantes-Gassicourt on the Seine, loading a grenade with the label & # 39; From Harlem to Hitler & # 39;

An American soldier walks past a flaming building on the Dutch-German border

An American soldier walks past a flaming building on the Dutch-German border

An American soldier walks past a flaming building on the Dutch-German border

A clear field of surrender to which Germans dropped helmets and other gear at Argentan on August 20
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A clear field of surrender to which Germans dropped helmets and other gear at Argentan on August 20

A clear field of surrender to which Germans dropped helmets and other gear at Argentan on August 20

Brooke S. Blades & # 39; new book The Americans from Normandy to the German Border: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives, published by Pen And Sword, will be released in September.

Brooke S. Blades & # 39; new book The Americans from Normandy to the German Border: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives, published by Pen And Sword, will be released in September.

Brooke S. Blades & # 39; new book The Americans from Normandy to the German Border: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives, published by Pen And Sword, will be released in September.

Brooke S. Blades & # 39; new book The Americans from Normandy to the German Border: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives, published by Pen And Sword, will be released in September.

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