#11 of 13 Most Popular Galleries of 2013: The Ruins of Normandy in 1944

The ruins of Normandy: Rarely seen color photos taken in northern France in 1944 show the devastating impact of the Allied Force's battle to defeat the Nazis in World War II.

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Ruins of a town in northwestern France, summer 1944. (Frank Scherschel&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2flife.time.com%2fhistory%2fafter-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513061772&sig=T4qA_ai7ilKQ34bePAbfGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/</a>
The ruins of Normandy - 1944
Ruins of a town in northwestern France, summer 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/
American troops, northwestern France, summer 1944. (Frank Scherschel&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2flife.time.com%2fhistory%2fafter-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513061772&sig=T4qA_ai7ilKQ34bePAbfGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/</a>
The ruins of Normandy - 1944
American troops, northwestern France, summer 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/
Ruined building and sign in French and German, northwestern France, summer 1944. (Frank Scherschel&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2flife.time.com%2fhistory%2fafter-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513061772&sig=T4qA_ai7ilKQ34bePAbfGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/</a>
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Ruined building and sign in French and German, northwestern France, summer 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/
Jeeps (including a press vehicle) in the town square, Marigny (Manche), Normandy, 1944. (Frank Scherschel&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2flife.time.com%2fhistory%2fafter-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513061772&sig=T4qA_ai7ilKQ34bePAbfGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/</a>
The ruins of Normandy - 1944
Jeeps (including a press vehicle) in the town square, Marigny (Manche), Normandy, 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/
American troops clear wreckage in Saint-Lo, Normandy, 1944. (Frank Scherschel&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2flife.time.com%2fhistory%2fafter-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513061772&sig=T4qA_ai7ilKQ34bePAbfGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/</a>
The ruins of Normandy - 1944
American troops clear wreckage in Saint-Lo, Normandy, 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/
Ruined tank near St. Gilles (or perhaps Hambye), France, 1944. (Frank Scherschel&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2flife.time.com%2fhistory%2fafter-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944%2f%26quot%3b&t=1513061772&sig=T4qA_ai7ilKQ34bePAbfGw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/</a>
The ruins of Normandy - 1944
Ruined tank near St. Gilles (or perhaps Hambye), France, 1944. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two American soldiers are watching two United States Army jeeps driving through the ruins of the center of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two American soldiers are watching two United States Army jeeps driving through the ruins of the center of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two trucks are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two trucks are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two United States Army trucks and two American jeeps are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two United States Army trucks and two American jeeps are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, An American ambulance, a jeep and a truck are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, An American ambulance, a jeep and a truck are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two children are watching an American Army jeep driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two children are watching an American Army jeep driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two people are walking through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two people are walking through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, An American ambulance, a jeep and other vehicles are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, An American ambulance, a jeep and other vehicles are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, Many jeeps and other Unites States Army vehicles are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Many jeeps and other Unites States Army vehicles are driving through the ruins of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two American soldiers are watching two United States Army jeeps driving through the ruins of the center of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
The Ruins of Normandy - 1944
Operation Overlord Normandy, Two American soldiers are watching two United States Army jeeps driving through the ruins of the center of Saint-Lo. August 1944. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord in June. France. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

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