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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& Life Pictures/Getty Images) See more images from Normandy from Life.com: http://life.time.com/history/after-d-day-unpublished-color-photos-from-normandy-summer-1944/

#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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