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War Paint

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Jul 2019

This incredible photo of US soldiers applying war paint to each other’s faces was taken on June 5th, 1944 in England, before the long-awaited Normandy Landings. The brave men in the photo were members of the 101st Airborne Division, and they led the night drop prior to the invasion. Over thirteen thousand paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions parachuted in with the intention of capturing Cherbourg which would provide the Allies with a port of supply. The two airborne divisions also had the task of blocking approaches to Utah Beach, where the amphibious landings were taking place and capturing causeway exits off the beaches. The Normandy Landings, known as Operation Overlord were successful, despite a huge loss of life. Nearly 160,000 soldiers crossed the English Channel on June 6th in an invasion that involved more than 5,000 vessels. By the end of August more than two million Allied troops were in France. Did you find that interesting?

Applying war-paint

Applying war-paint

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