Talk about an uncomfortably close call. Here you can see United States Coast Guardsman, Fireman 1st Class, Charles Tyner looking, well, fairly relieved. He’s holding and examining the helmet he wore during Operation Dragoon, when the Allied landed in Southern France. The shrapnel hole in his helmet is an ominous reminder of how close he was to death and injury. Shrapnel is a common source of major injuries on the battlefield and can be devastating.

During Operation Dragoon, the Allies were going to attempt to secure the ports on the French Mediterranean coast, at the same time as the landings in Normandy in June. But, due to a lack of resources, the operation was pushed back until August.

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Côte d’Azur, France.

August 1944.

Credit: Anti-Worlds