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The liberation of Paris: A photographer’s story

Paris was ultimately freed on August 24-25, 1944, by a combination of troops from France, the United States and resistance fighters of many nationalities. As word spread around the streets that the Nazi military garrison in the capital had surrendered, crowds erupted. LIFE photographer Ralph Morse, now 96 years old, was there to document the scene. A series of his photographs have been published on LIFE.com. Click here to view all the photos.

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A look through Ralph Morse's lens

August 1944: Parisians celebrate the liberation of the City of Light.
Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

A look through Ralph Morse's lens

Aug. 25, 1944: Parisians fill the streets after occupying German forces surrender.
Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

A look through Robert Morse's lens

August 1944: 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.
Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

A look through Robert Morse's lens

August 1944: Allied troops and journalists — including photographers Robert Capa (on the back of a Jeep with a camera in front of his face) and George Rodger (with camera, wearing a beret) — in the streets of Paris during the city's liberation.
Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

A look through Robert Morse's lens

May 8, 1945: Thousands throng the Arc de Triomphe to celebrate the end of World War II in Europe in this famous Ralph Morse picture. Morse was back in the City of Light less than a year after chronicling Paris' liberation.
Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

The liberation of Paris: A photographer’s story

Paris was ultimately freed on August 24-25, 1944, by a combination of troops from France, the United States and resistance fighters of many nationalities. As word spread around the streets that the Nazi military garrison in the capital had surrendered, crowds erupted. LIFE photographer Ralph Morse, now 96 years old, was there to document the scene. A series of his photographs have been published on LIFE.com. Click here to view all the photos.

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