View of crosses on the graves and Star of David on one plot in St Laurent Cemetery at St Laurent Sur Mere, France. Men walk amidst the cemetery. A flag in the cemetery.
American soldiers in Saint- Laurent-sur-Mer, France during World War II. U.S. soldiers of the 56th Signal Battalion kneel down around a tree in an apple orchard. Catholic priest, Father William Dempsey, of New York City, conducts the first Sunday service under the tree. The soldiers pray during the Catholic mass.
U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division troops and paratroopers in the streets of the town of Saint Mere Eglise, France (Sainte-Mère-Église) in World War 2, D-Day + 2. Wrecked houses line the street. United States soldiers rest near the houses. A soldier holds a bottle of wine and black bread. Soldiers eat black bread. Sign on a wall "Saint Mere Eglise".
Wrecked American landing crafts and damaged Mulberry "A" harbor due to offshore winds and heavy storms at Omaha beach in Normandy, France during World War II. Twisted pontoon causeways of Mulberry "A" near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer being lashed by high waves two weeks after D-Day. A rammed landing craft against far side of a causeway. Completely damaged piers and causeways are seen. Sections of causeway bridges with AAA outfit trucks as they toss in high tides.
German prisoners of war at work digging graves for fallen American soldiers, at the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944. This is the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II, and located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux in Colleville-sur-Mer. (It is now the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.) Vertical posts with dog tags attached, mark the gravesites of the fallen troops. American soldiers sit near covered bodies of the fallen and perform tasks of identification and grave assignment. Covered remains of one soldier are carried across the field on a stretcher. Barrage balloons are seen in the sky overhead.
Soldiers of U.S. Army 1st battalion, 8th infantry regiment, 4th division in the days after invasion of France. The U.S. Army soldiers stand in front of a house in Saint Mere Eglise, France. A French woman pours coffee into canteen cups held by soldiers. Soldiers drink coffee and several smile and enjoy the coffee. They talk amongst themselves.