18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. [19 August 1944]

18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. [19 August 1944]

Members of the French Resistance stand armed behind a barricade during the Liberation of Paris from German forces. It is estimated that between 800 and 1,000 resistance fighters were killed during the battle, and another 1,500 were wounded before the Germans surrendered the city. Paris, Île-de-France, France. August 1944. Image taken by Robert Doisneau.

Members of the French Resistance stand armed behind a barricade during the Liberation of Paris from German forces. It is estimated that between 800 and 1,000 resistance fighters were killed during the battle, and another 1,500 were wounded before the Germans surrendered the city. Paris, Île-de-France, France. August 1944. Image taken by Robert Doisneau.

Liberation of Paris. Kids seen playing on a destroyed German kubelwagon August 1944.

Liberation of Paris. Kids seen playing on a destroyed German kubelwagon August 1944.

Not originally published in LIFE. Parisians celebrate the liberation of the City of Light, August 1944.

Not originally published in LIFE. Parisians celebrate the liberation of the City of Light, August 1944.

After the French Resistance staged an uprising on Aug 19, American and Free French troops made a peaceful entrance on Aug 25, 1944. Here, four days later, soldiers of Pennsylvania's 28th Infantry Division march along the Champs-Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.

After the French Resistance staged an uprising on Aug 19, American and Free French troops made a peaceful entrance on Aug 25, 1944. Here, four days later, soldiers of Pennsylvania's 28th Infantry Division march along the Champs-Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller (1907-1977) was an acclaimed war correspondent and photographer for Vogue during World War II.

Lee Miller: the woman in Hitler’s bathtub

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller (1907-1977) was an acclaimed war correspondent and photographer for Vogue during World War II.

Jacques Philippe LeClerc, general of France, directs the liberation of Paris during World War II. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

Jacques Philippe LeClerc, general of France, directs the liberation of Paris during World War II. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

Paris, August 25, 1944: Free, But Not Free From Fear | LIFE at the Liberation of Paris: A Photographer’s Story | LIFE.com  Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images A family seeks safety beside a Jeep as French Resistance fighters and Free French troops try to take out a German sniper during the Liberation of Paris in August 1944.

"World War II had begun," TIME told its readers 75 years ago this week

Paris, August 25, 1944: Free, But Not Free From Fear | LIFE at the Liberation of Paris: A Photographer’s Story | LIFE.com Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images A family seeks safety beside a Jeep as French Resistance fighters and Free French troops try to take out a German sniper during the Liberation of Paris in August 1944.

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