History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

03 June, 2011

Soldiers in England, 1944

A series of photographs of American soldiers stationed in England, at work and rest in the lead-up to D-Day, 1944. From LIFE.

American soldiers in the grounds of Shakespeare's house, 'New Place', Stratford-On-Avon. Source

Having a rest in the grounds. Source

A bit of fun. A woman punting a pair of soldiers on the river Avon. Source

Piling up gas canisters in preparation for D-Day. Source

Eating dinner on stockpiled ammunition. Source

English Land Army girls having a drink from a well. Source

A flower market with soldiers crossing the street behind, London. Source

American soldiers and English schoolchildren on a bridge at Henley-On-Thames. Source


Anonymous said...

Nice photos - thanks for posting.

The 'park' in Stratford-upon-Avon where the soldiers are…….is actually the grounds of Shakespeare's house, called, 'New Place' - and where he probably died.

The flower stall is in London.

Anna said...

Thank you for sharing that, much more interesting than just any old park! I'll update it!

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