Allied Operation Cobra, during World War II. United States infantry,tanks and other vehicles advance from Lessay through the war-torn town of Periers, on their way to Coutances, France. U.S. infantrymen (probably 90th Infantry Division) and armor of the 4th Armored Division, including M4(105) howitzer medium tanks and M4 medium tanks (part of Operation Cobra) move past a road sign that reads "Périers". At top of signpost, another sign reads: "Road cleared of mines to hedges." The tanks turn right (South) in front of the damaged Periers church, as they pass through town on their way toward the city of Coutances.
Military police guard German prisoners of war in vicinity of Periers,France, during World War II. German prisoners rest along wall in courtyard of a building. Some prisoners sleep over ruins of buildings. Military police guard them. Prisoners being marched to trucks and loaded, packed tightly onto open trucks. French women on bicycles stop and make fun of the German prisoners Damaged buildings seen in the background. Sherman tank of 4th Armored Division drives past bomb-damaged church. Road sign points along Route 71 to next town (Coutances) and end of route (coastal city of Granville).
Allied troops at a company rest area on the Periers front below Carentan, France during World War II. A supply jeep loaded with socks, clothing, bedrolls and other equipment pulls into the company rest area. The soldiers reach for socks.
Allied troops at a company rest area on the Periers front below Carentan in Normandy, France during World War II. A soldier fills a container with water. Infantrymen are issued shoes and new equipment. The soldiers in the rest area shave, bathe and change clothing.
Allied troops at a company rest area on Periers front below Carentan in Normandy, France during World War II. A jeep loaded with socks and new equipment pulls up into the rest area. A soldier washes feet in a helmet. A soldier shaves.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.