FRANCE: Facts from Normandy

From the Allied beachhead, TIME Correspondent Charles Christian Wertenbaker cabled a coolly realistic account of Normandy and the Normans:

Along the roads of the Manche and Calvados, beside the hawthorne hedges, the farmers of Normandy stand with their families waving at every passing vehicle that throws dust into their faces. In the towns the Tricolor waves from nearly every building, the statues are decorated with American and British flags, and the townspeople take wine and cider to the soldiers who stop their trucks and jeeps in the streets. Seeing these things, you...

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