American Army trucks parade down the Champs-Elysées the day after the liberation of Paris by French and Allied troops, August 1944
Unpublished Color Photos Of American Troops Posing Happily With Liberated Europeans -- Daily Mail
The devastation wreaked on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France as the Allies unleashed their history-changing assault against the Germans in June 1994 has been well-documented.
But in color photos taken by LIFE.com’s Frank Scherschel, but not published at the time, countless other scenes 'of the beginning of the end of the war' were captured.
From the reception troops enjoyed on their way to Paris to the jubilant liberation of the capital from Nazi control, these recently-released photos bring into the focus the spirit of the historic invasion on the 69th anniversary of the landings.
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My Comment: I would love to spend a day in LIFE's archives just looking at photographs of those years.