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The National Archives’ Strategic Plan includes the bold initiative to digitize our analog records and make them available for online public access.

Our new digitization strategy outlines the many approaches we will use to achieve this goal, and I am proud share with you the results of some of our recent digitization work.

Recently digitized by staff in the National Archives Still Picture Branch, these stunning color photographs from the Battle of the Bulge were taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in St. Vith, Belgium. The photos depict the wreckage in St. Vith in the days after units of the 7th Armored Division liberated the town in January, 1945.

More photos from the Battle of the Bulge are featured on Today’s Document Tumblr, and you can read more about “The Bloodiest Battle” in Prologue Magazine.

Brig. Gen. Clark who was forced to evacuate St. Vith when Rundstedt’s troops overran the Ardennes sector, had the satisfaction of recapturing the town with the same men on January 23 after a day long house to house fight with Nazi rearguards. The town had been subjected to gunfire since the American occupation. Gen. Clarks’s men waiting for the German gunfire to cease before entering St. Vith in Belgium, January, 1945. (AP Photo)

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Taken at the Kaiserbaracke Crossroads in Belgium on 18 December 1944 by Leibstandarte Division. The sign indicates their position being 13 kilometers from Malmedy and 8 kilometers from St. Vith.