The Battle for Normandy – Amazing Images from the battlefields

American Soldier crosses the road, covered by an M5A1 stuart tank, note the hedgerow clipping device on the front of the tank.

71 years ago the Allies were fighting in Normandy to expand the still tenuous bridgehead around their landing beaches. Here are some amazing pictures from the period after the landing and before the breakout and race across France!

17335077519_ca7030bce4_kMembers of a Chemical unit get ready to fire high explosive mortar shells at a german pillbox. Les Dunes de Varredelle, France. 10/06/44

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Near the church of Rots , 2 knocked out Sherman and a jeep ambulance. The tanks were destroyed on June 11, 1944 by the Panther 4. Kp , SS- Panzer -Regiment 12, 12. SS Panzer Division ” HJ ”

12639258305_1263cb5876_hCombat engineers dig out this caterpillar bulldozer which became stuck in a muddy bomb crater while clearing off a road north of Marigny. 27/07/44

12614441745_176cae3ada_hDestroyed Panther tank

12594647755_32bb3b7882_hTwo soldiers near tent, in woods. Foreground: bottle of wine, bread, book. U.S. Army Pictorial Service. The bottle has the look of champagne.

12594752163_0e4dc41113_hLine of Army vehicles driving through rubble from behind.

12568609033_58ef28c7b8_kJuly 29th, soldiers march to the front, covered by a heavy watercooled machine gun mounted on a half track.

12568411475_a1b983b865_hCombat Command B of the 4th Armored division liberate Avranches on July 31st 1944

12568868774_b66aef05eb_hSt Malo, US Soldiers man a 3inch anti tank gun

12568832494_7511310230_hFour soldiers taking cover on road next to building, in the background a Dodge WC51

12504016504_60e0160077_hAugust 8th, Soldiers of the 33 Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division in Saint Malo

12503655583_9d53cbdd91_hAmericans in the ruins of Cherbourg

12503650043_af44d87f15_hSoldiers of the 101st Airborne in the streets of Carentan, June 12-14th

12463134655_b811e4beca_kOperations Room of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, near Creully, France, 14 June 1944.

12415766273_41010ddd95_hTank crew takes cover below a M10 Tank Destroyer

12368280083_f65a55b06e_kAmerican Soldier crosses the road, covered by an M5A1 stuart tank, note the hedgerow clipping device on the front of the tank.