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Prisoners: American troops stand guard behind German soldiers captured near the town of Le Gast during the Normandy invasion

Life on the front lines: Extremely rare colour photos of U.S. troops before and after D-Day show World War II in brand new light

From D-Day until Christmas German prisoners of war were shipped off to American detention facilities at a rate of per month. Above: Captured German troops, June 1944

Seventy years ago, Jim "Pee Wee" Martin parachuted into France, behind German enemy lines, in the dark of night ahead of the D-Day invasion. On June 6, 2014, at 93, the WWII veteran jumped into Normandy again, in a full military kit, marking the anniversary of the June 6th Allied troops landing. Before jumping he said, "They are worried about me getting hurt. I said, 'Don't worry about it. If I get hurt or I get killed, what is the difference? I've lived 93 years. I've had a good life.'"

Seventy years ago, Jim "Pee Wee" Martin parachuted into France, behind German…

German POWs being escorted along one of the Gold area beaches. (June 6, 1944). Source: Imperial War Museums, B 5257.

JUN 6 1944 Green Howards land on Gold Beach German POWs being escorted along one of the Gold area beaches, 6 June

American paratroopers, heavily armed, sit inside a military plane as they soar over the English Channel en route to the Normandy French coast for the Allied D-Day invasion of the German stronghold during World War II, June 6, 1944.

American paratroopers, heavily armed, sit inside a military plane as they soar over the English Channel en route to the Normandy French coast for the Allied D-Day invasion of the German stronghold during World War II, June 1944 - ASSOCIATED PRESS

German soldiers, captured by Allied Armies on the Normandy beachheads in France on June 16, 1944, are checked by fellow prisoners. (AP Photo/Jack Rice)

German soldiers, captured by Allied Armies on the Normandy beachheads on June are checked by fellow prisoners. (They look bloody happy though! I guess you'd be happy so long as you were out of that nightmare.

ALLIES CAPTURE A GERMAN  MATILDA TANK

New Zealander soldiers recapture a Matilda tank and take prisoner its German crew during Operation Crusader 3 December

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. (AP Photo)

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

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day by lemai13

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June www.mil/d-day. World War II

American soldiers in a Higgins boat before landing in Normandy, 6th june 1944.

US Army Rangers awaited the invasion signal in a landing craft in an English port, circa early Jun photo 1 of note the bazooka and the Garand rifles

June 6, 1944. American soldiers line up for a briefing prior to receiving their D-Day assignments.

Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

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