It’s an incredibly bleak picture, but an important one. Here you can see groups of German POWs as they are marched to a collection area on Sword Beach. Escorted by British soldiers of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own), these German POWs were captured during a crucial point of the war. This photo was taken in June 1944, on the afternoon of the successful Allied landings at Normandy — also known as Operation Overlord. While the British soldiers are obviously driving the march, this moment focuses on the prisoners of war themselves — their various expressions and body language, to give a sense of this significant moment.
Lion-sur-Mer, Calvados, Normandy,
France. 6 June 1944.
Image taken by Sgt. J. Mapham, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.