Lee Miller's first assignment as a war correspondent for Vogue came a few weeks after the D-Day landings. Lee flew into Normandy to capture images for a photo-essay on nurses at an evacuation hospital. The authorities thought Lee would feel more at ease around other women.
It was to prove a harrowing introduction to conflict, as Lee recorded the often-gruesome reality of life in field hospitals. One morning she awoke to a changed atmosphere. She wrote, 'It was sunny, a landscape-painter's morning. There was a large group of nurses around the ablution tanks ... they were taking longer to brush their teeth, chatting, and teasing ... One was going to sleep all day until night duty in a pink satin nightie and woollen socks. Another would wash all those things and herself. A third would go and find a boy in ward 2. The others were on duty.'