The Invasion of Normandy: Beyond the Beach
A scene in Vierville-Sur-Mer, Normandy.
On the map he was part of a line that was surging forward, part of an army - a man with a gun. He was part of an intricate fighting machine, but all too human. He rested where he could and thought of human things unrelated to war, presenting a picture of melancholy and tragic meditation.
This is the kind of destruction wreaked by both sides on hapless civilians and their communities that were caught in the tide of invasion.
As Allied troops advanced inland, they liberated French villages and towns.