German civilians move their salvaged belongings in hand carts from the ruins of their former homes in Krefeld, Germany. The important manufacturing town was taken on 2 March 1945 by troops of the Ninth US Army.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.