Civilians Return To Pont-L’Abbé, Surrounded By Ruins
The level of destruction is hard to comprehend. Piles of rubble and destroyed buildings line one side of the street, while the other remains surprisingly intact in Pont-L’Abbé. Here you can see an elderly pair finally returning home, pushing their belongings ahead of them.
French civilians were able to return to Pont-L’Abbé following the village’s liberation by the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division. The liberation occurred shortly after the Allied landings in Normandy, but that was just the start of the long rebuilding process that so may town, villages, and cities would face.
Pont-L’Abbé, Manche, Normandy.
15 June 1944.
Image taken by Robert Capa.