This iconic photograph was taken after the town of Bitche, France, fell to the 100th Infantry Division, on March 16, 1945. Reportedly a French woman had made the flag and hidden it throughout the German occupation. The flag is being waved by Captain Thomas Garahan, of Brooklyn, NY.
The 100th Infantry Division, during its months of combat in Northeastern France and Western Germany, liberated or captured over 400 towns. One of these towns was Bitche, and ever since that time they have been known as the “Sons of Bitche.” This is the story of their war from archives maintained at the George C. Marshall Foundation.