Vintage: France during the World War II by Robert Capa

Vintage: France during the World War II by Robert Capa


At the start of World War II, Capa was in New York City, having moved there from Paris to look for work, and to escape Nazi persecution. During the war, Capa was sent to various parts of the European Theatre on photography assignments. He first photographed for Collier’s Weekly, before switching to Life after he was fired by Collier’s. He was the only “enemy alien” photographer for the Allies.

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France, Paris. August 25th, 1944. Members of the French Resistance during the liberation of the city.

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France, Eure-et-Loir. Chartres. August 18th, 1944. Shortly after the liberation of the city, a French woman who had collaborated with the Germans has her hair shaved at police headquarters as a sign of humiliation.

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France, near Chartres. August, 1944. Resistance fighters take a German paratroop officer prisoner.

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Paris, Les Champs ELysées. August 26th, 1944. Members of the French Resistance and soldiers of the French Army celebrating the liberation of the city.

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France, Paris. August 26th, 1944. General Charles de Gaulle leading the parade down the Avenue des Champs-Elysées to celebrate the liberation of the city.

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France. Paris. August 25th, 1944. French soldiers fighting against the Germans during the liberation of the city.

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France. Paris. August 25th, 1944. Members of the French Resistance and soldiers of the French army.

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Paris. 1944. 22-25th August.

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France. Paris. August 25th, 1944. Members of the resistance crouching behind a truck during the Liberation.

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France. Paris. French soldiers and civilians celebrating the liberation of the city on the Champs Elysees. August 26th, 1944.

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Paris. 1944. Place of Concorde.

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France, Chartres. August 18th, 1944. A mother (dark dress) and her daughter (white dress), accused of collaboration, have their hair shaved, as a sign of humiliation. The daughter is holding a baby conceived with a German soldier.

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August, 1945. An American soldier selling a watch to a Russian soldier.

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After the entry of the French 2nd Armored Division, numerous pockets of German snipers had to be rooted out in street fighting. Many French civilians and members of the Resistance helped the French troops in this fighting. This photograph shows a French civilian who was unable to contain his wrath against a German soldier who had surrendered. Paris. August 25th, 1944.

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Soldiers of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division. Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, France, June 16, 1944.

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Just after the liberation of the town, a French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier was punished by having her head shaved. Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France, 18 August 1944.

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Tour de France bicycle race, France, July 1939.

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Watching the Tour de France in front of the bicycle shop owned by Pierre Cloarec, one of the cyclists in the race, Pleyben, Brittany, France, July 1939.


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