British Troops March Through Freed Bayeux
Stalwarts of our 2nd Army marching triumphantly through the cobbled streets of ancient Bayeux on June 8, 1944, were warmly welcomed. The German occupiers had been killed or ejected or taken prisoner - though the crack of a sniper's rifle still rang out occasionally. At that early date of the Normandy campaign Bayeux had the distinction of being the first French town to be set free. Also it had the good fortune to escape bombardment; the 13th-century cathedral (in background) showed no sign of damage. Photo, British Official.