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Haunting Aftermath Photos of German Soldiers after the D-Day Invasion in WWII

D-Day wasn’t just about the winners. It was also about the losers. In our previous post, we showed the Allies’ preparation and invasion of Normandy beaches. But what about the Germans? It wasn’t all Germans. These aftermath photos show Japanese, Poles, Czechs, Russians, Italians, Turks and Mongols wearing Nazi colors. Some had been enslaved and forced to fight. Others fought for the Nazis willingly as collaborators. In the aftermath of the invasion, everyone was a prisoner. Or dead.

Of course, these are the pictures that the Associated Press was allowed to publish. Blood and gore are in short supply. There is no retribution.

#1 Badly battered German gunner of a gun nest on beach of northern France staggers out of underground nest under watchful eye of a burly U.S. Army M.P. on June 10, 1944.

Badly battered German gunner of a gun nest on beach of northern France staggers out of underground nest under watchful eye of a burly U.S. Army M.P. on June 10, 1944.

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#2 Badly battered German gunner of a gun nest on beach of northern France staggers out of underground nest under watchful eye of a burly U.S. Army M.P. on June 10, 1944.

Badly battered German gunner of a gun nest on beach of northern France staggers out of underground nest under watchful eye of a burly U.S. Army M.P. on June 10, 1944.

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#3 German officers, captured on the beaches of Normandy in France, hang their heads dejectedly as they arrive on June 10, 1944 in England en route to prisoner of war camps.

German officers, captured on the beaches of Normandy in France, hang their heads dejectedly as they arrive on June 10, 1944 in England en route to prisoner of war camps.

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#4 German prisoners help evacuate some of their own wounded, and are seen being put on board Red Cross boats to be taken out to the mother ship, standing by off the beachhead area in Normandy, France on June 10, 1944.

German prisoners help evacuate some of their own wounded, and are seen being put on board Red Cross boats to be taken out to the mother ship, standing by off the beachhead area in Normandy, France on June 10, 1944.

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#6 An American paratrooper holds a Nazi prisoner at the point of his bayonet, one of many incidents during the American advance into Normandy, in France, on June 10, 1944.

An American paratrooper holds a Nazi prisoner at the point of his bayonet, one of many incidents during the American advance into Normandy, in France, on June 10, 1944.

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#7 Some of the first German prisoners captured in the invasion of Normandy on June 9, 1944.

Some of the first German prisoners captured in the invasion of Normandy on June 9, 1944.

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#8 Some of the first German soldiers to surrender to the Americans during the battle of the Normandy beaches on June 9, 1944.

Some of the first German soldiers to surrender to the Americans during the battle of the Normandy beaches on June 9, 1944.

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#9 The first Nazi airman to be shot down in the invasion area stands dejected amongst other prisoners at a camp somewhere in England, on June 9, 1944.

The first Nazi airman to be shot down in the invasion area stands dejected amongst other prisoners at a camp somewhere in England, on June 9, 1944.

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#10 A steady stream of German prisoners is pouring into this country from the battle of Normandy. German prisoners, captured on the beaches of Normandy, march through a street, somewhere in England, on June 9, 1944

A steady stream of German prisoners is pouring into this country from the battle of Normandy. German prisoners, captured on the beaches of Normandy, march through a street, somewhere in England, on June 9, 1944

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#11 Canadian invasion troops stand guard over the first German prisoners captured during the assault on France by Allied forces on June 6, 1944 along a 100 mile front on the Normandy coast between LeHavre and Cherbourg.

Canadian invasion troops stand guard over the first German prisoners captured during the assault on France by Allied forces on June 6, 1944 along a 100 mile front on the Normandy coast between LeHavre and Cherbourg.

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#12 German prisoners of war are led away by Allied forces from Utah Beach, on June 6, 1944, during landing operations at the Normandy coast, France. )

German prisoners of war are led away by Allied forces from Utah Beach, on June 6, 1944, during landing operations at the Normandy coast, France. )

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#13 Led by a British soldier, a line of German prisoners of war is marched along a barbed-wire barricaded lane as they arrive at a POW camp somewhere in England, in June 1944

Led by a British soldier, a line of German prisoners of war is marched along a barbed-wire barricaded lane as they arrive at a POW camp somewhere in England, in June 1944

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#14 A 16-year old German soldier has his hands clasped over his head as he is taken prisoner with thousands of other Wehrmacht soldiers, at Cherbourg, France, during the Allied Normandy invasion in June 1944

A 16-year old German soldier has his hands clasped over his head as he is taken prisoner with thousands of other Wehrmacht soldiers, at Cherbourg, France, during the Allied Normandy invasion in June 1944

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#15 A dead German soldier seen in this June 1944 photo

A dead German soldier seen in this June 1944 photo

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#16 A wounded German soldier who surrendered to the Allied invasion forces, stands surrounded by a crowd of civilians and a French gendarme on the left, in Barneville in the Normandy region, June 1944.

A wounded German soldier who surrendered to the Allied invasion forces, stands surrounded by a crowd of civilians and a French gendarme on the left, in Barneville in the Normandy region, June 1944.

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#17 German prisoners of war, captured during the Allied Normandy invasion, are marched to the ships that bring them into captivity in England, in June 1944, at Bernieres-sur-mer, France.

German prisoners of war, captured during the Allied Normandy invasion, are marched to the ships that bring them into captivity in England, in June 1944, at Bernieres-sur-mer, France.

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#18 Two long double lines of German prisoners are checked by Allied officers, center, as they stand beside barded wire fences of compound in England, June 12, 1944, after their capture on the Normandy coast of France.

Two long double lines of German prisoners are checked by Allied officers, center, as they stand beside barded wire fences of compound in England, June 12, 1944, after their capture on the Normandy coast of France.

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#19 A German officer smiles as he is interrogated by American soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 12, 1944.

A German officer smiles as he is interrogated by American soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 12, 1944.

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#20 American troops moving up to the front lines, right, pass a long line of German prisoners marching back to a holding camp prior to being shipped out of France, on June 12, 1944.

American troops moving up to the front lines, right, pass a long line of German prisoners marching back to a holding camp prior to being shipped out of France, on June 12, 1944.

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#21 More than six hundred German prisoners, the largest number yet to reach this country since the opening of the second front, arrived in England on June 12, 1944.

More than six hundred German prisoners, the largest number yet to reach this country since the opening of the second front, arrived in England on June 12, 1944.

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#22 German soldiers, former Herrenvolk, come over the crest of a hill with their hands over their heads in surrender to American troops during the battle for the Norman beachhead in France on June 11, 1944.

German soldiers, former Herrenvolk, come over the crest of a hill with their hands over their heads in surrender to American troops during the battle for the Norman beachhead in France on June 11, 1944.

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#23 First the troops wade ashore from landing craft. Then the gradual development of land operations some of these early stages. German prisoners being marched along beach on June 11, 1944.

First the troops wade ashore from landing craft. Then the gradual development of land operations some of these early stages. German prisoners being marched along beach on June 11, 1944.

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#24 Not all of the GI Army prisoners taken on the battlefields France are stalwart, Blonde Aryans who we born to rule the world.

Not all of the GI Army prisoners taken on the battlefields France are stalwart, Blonde Aryans who we born to rule the world.

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#25 This German soldier managed to keep his mascot dog when he was captured, with other members of his company, by allied troops in the beachhead sector in France on June 15, 1944.

This German soldier managed to keep his mascot dog when he was captured, with other members of his company, by allied troops in the beachhead sector in France on June 15, 1944.

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#26 German prisoners of war, in the battle for France, carry a wounded comrade to an evacuation area on the beach where landing craft will speed them out to ships in the English Channel for treatment by Allied doctors on June 15, 1944.

German prisoners of war, in the battle for France, carry a wounded comrade to an evacuation area on the beach where landing craft will speed them out to ships in the English Channel for treatment by Allied doctors on June 15, 1944.

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#27 Two German soldiers surrendered to a solitary American soldier in Barneville, on the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula, in France, on June 20, 1944.

Two German soldiers surrendered to a solitary American soldier in Barneville, on the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula, in France, on June 20, 1944.

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#28 An American soldier gives a drink of water to a wounded German prisoner lying on a stretcher somewhere in the Normandy, France on June 19, 1944, battle area through which the allies advanced.

An American soldier gives a drink of water to a wounded German prisoner lying on a stretcher somewhere in the Normandy, France on June 19, 1944, battle area through which the allies advanced.

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#29 German prisoners captured by the FFI at Maizy sur Oise, France on Sept. 18, 1944 including officers of the Luftwaffe, stand in formation prior to being transferred to a detention area. Many of them are shoeless.

German prisoners captured by the FFI at Maizy sur Oise, France on Sept. 18, 1944 including officers of the Luftwaffe, stand in formation prior to being transferred to a detention area. Many of them are shoeless.

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#30 A stretcher bearer attends to a wounded German near the village of Lingevres, France on June 16, 1944, where a fierce battle was fought.

A stretcher bearer attends to a wounded German near the village of Lingevres, France on June 16, 1944, where a fierce battle was fought.

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#31 German soldiers, captured by Allied Armies on the Normandy beachheads in France on June 16, 1944, are checked by fellow prisoners.

German soldiers, captured by Allied Armies on the Normandy beachheads in France on June 16, 1944, are checked by fellow prisoners.

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#32 Three American soldiers, members of an airborne infantry outfit who were captured and held by the Germans near Orglandes, France on June 25, 1944

Three American soldiers, members of an airborne infantry outfit who were captured and held by the Germans near Orglandes, France on June 25, 1944

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#33 A wounded German prisoner, wearing a camouflages uniform, is escorted to an allied first aid station in France on June 21, 1944

A wounded German prisoner, wearing a camouflages uniform, is escorted to an allied first aid station in France on June 21, 1944

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#34 This Japanese, captured while serving in the German army in France on June 21, 1944, gives his name and serial number to an American as he files along with other German prisoners rounded up in the Normandy coast area.

This Japanese, captured while serving in the German army in France on June 21, 1944, gives his name and serial number to an American as he files along with other German prisoners rounded up in the Normandy coast area.

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#35 Hands clasped over their heads, a group of German prisoners (top) is herded down a slope on the French coast on June 21, 1944, to a ship to take them to a prison camp, as American command post bustles with activity below.

Hands clasped over their heads, a group of German prisoners (top) is herded down a slope on the French coast on June 21, 1944, to a ship to take them to a prison camp, as American command post bustles with activity below.

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#36 Commander of the German forces which capitulated at the French port of Cherbourg, France, stand with their conqueror on June 30, 1944, after giving up the fight.

Commander of the German forces which capitulated at the French port of Cherbourg, France, stand with their conqueror on June 30, 1944, after giving up the fight.

From left to right are: Lt. Gen. Carl Wilhelm von Schlieben, German garrison commander; Maj. Gen. J.L. Collins, of the U.S. Seventh Corps which took the city; and German Admiral Hennecke, who had been in charge of the port’s sea defenses. (AP Photo/Peter J.)

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#37 A column of German prisoners, captured in fighting for the outer defenses of Cherbourg are marched to a prisoner of war stockade behind the lines on June 29, 1944.

A column of German prisoners, captured in fighting for the outer defenses of Cherbourg are marched to a prisoner of war stockade behind the lines on June 29, 1944.

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#38 A study of German prisoners taken by the Americans in their drive on Cherbourg, France on June 28, 1944. The fall of Cherbourg ends what General Eisenhower refers to as the second phase of the campaign of liberation.

A study of German prisoners taken by the Americans in their drive on Cherbourg, France on June 28, 1944. The fall of Cherbourg ends what General Eisenhower refers to as the second phase of the campaign of liberation.

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#39 General Major Robert Sattler, Deputy German Commander of the Fort Du Roule, at Cherbourg, France on June 28, 1944, after his capture

General Major Robert Sattler, Deputy German Commander of the Fort Du Roule, at Cherbourg, France on June 28, 1944, after his capture

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#40 German prisoners file past the Town Hall at Cherbourg on their way to a stockade on June 28, 1944.

German prisoners file past the Town Hall at Cherbourg on their way to a stockade on June 28, 1944.

One wounded prisoner is taken in a small truck. General Eisenhower referred to the fall of Cherbourg as the End of the second phase in the campaign of liberatio.

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#41 This French girl, who was engaged to a German soldier, refused to leave him even after he was captured and confined in a prisoner of war stockade on August 26, 1944.

This French girl, who was engaged to a German soldier, refused to leave him even after he was captured and confined in a prisoner of war stockade on August 26, 1944.

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Written by Benjamin Grayson

Former Bouquet seller now making a go with blogging and graphic designing. I love creating & composing history articles and lists.

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