The following 1944 photo, colorized by Marina Amaral, shows two American GIs sitting next to a military vehicle in Nazi-occupied Geich, Germany.
The two soldiers from C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, smoke cigarettes while looking out at the war-torn city.
- Marina Amaral
The 9th Infantry Division, nicknamed the “Old Reliables,” was one of the first US Army combat units to fight on the ground during World War II. The unit saw a little more than 300 days of combat during the war.