A photo series from 1947 following an ex-GI and his new wife re-visiting the battlefields of France where he fought in the war. I find it so striking that he felt compelled to do this, and especially that she felt compelled to do it with him.
By Tony Linck for LIFE magazine. From the LIFE archives.
The ex-GI, Ernest Kreiling, and his wife overlook a valley where he fought in WWII. Source
The woman puts a helmet on her husband in the foxhole where he first heard an enemy shell. Source
The man gives his wife a demonstration of how he washed his socks during the war. Source
The man shows his wife the hayloft where he spent Thanksgiving night, 1944. Source
A battlefield tour. Source
The couple bicycle past a German grave. Source
The couple talk with a French farmer. Source
The couple visit a French family the man met during the war. Source
The pair walk a train station platform. Source
The couple look at a wrecked jeep on the battlefield. Source
The couple walk a cemetery. Source
A visit to the grave of the man's best friend, killed in the war. Source