The first time I saw this image, I wondered if it was posed. There are the kids on a hillside looking off into the distance, over the grayness of all the debris (all pushed back) to the future. The color, too, is interesting, with the splash of red in the middle, and the blue framing the top of the image.
I do know this, as the caption reads:
“Two French boys watched from a hilltop as Allied vehicles passed through the badly damaged city of St. Lo, circa Jul-Aug 1944.”
I also know this: the battle for St. Lo was a tough go, and it spanned a good portion of July, 1944. The link provided here leads to a title called the American Forces in Action Series, published by the Historical Division, War Department.
This has been another entry in the ww2db.com Featured Image partnership. The idea behind this post (and the weekly posts to come) is to highlight ww2db.com’s collection of 4000 plus photos, many culled from the National Archives, Library of Congress, the US Naval Historical Center, and other research institutions.