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D Day Collection

Background imageD Day Collection: D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach

D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach
British and Canadian 3rd Division troops land at Juno Beach. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an

Background imageD Day Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageD Day Collection: D-Day - Supplies pour ashore

D-Day - Supplies pour ashore
A stunning panorama photograph of a French invasion beach with the channel waters thick with US military shipping, as reinforcements

Background imageD Day Collection: D-Day - Glider reinforcement team

D-Day - Glider reinforcement team
A team of paratroopers amuse themselves whilst awaiting the call to take flight in their glider to back up the initial assault phase on the Normandy coast

Background imageD Day Collection: D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion

D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion
A B-26 Martin Marauder of the 9th Airforce over the Normandy coast, giving air support to the landing craft on the beaches below

Background imageD Day Collection: D-Day - Assault of American troops

D-Day - Assault of American troops
US Assault troops wading ashore. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an amphibious assault by

Background imageD Day Collection: World War II France and Britain commemorate D-Day

World War II France and Britain commemorate D-Day
Vintage World War II photograph - France and Britain commemorate the first anniversay of the D-Day landings on the beach at Arromanches, Normandy

Background imageD Day Collection: The Cafe Gondree - the first house to be liberated on D Day

The Cafe Gondree - the first house to be liberated on D Day, June 1944. Normandy, France. The cafe sits beside the Pegasus Bridge on the Caen Canal Date: 1992

Background imageD Day Collection: Hermanville War Cemetery France

Hermanville War Cemetery France
Two small children walk hand in hand past the gravestones of Hermanville War Cemetery, Normandy, France. First published The Sunday Times Date: 1988

Background imageD Day Collection: Christmas 1914 Football Match Statues, Messines - Mesen

Christmas 1914 Football Match Statues, Messines - Mesen
This life sized statue of a German and a British soldier shaking hands over a football, was sculpted by Andy Edwards and was unveiled on 22 December 2015

Background imageD Day Collection: WW2 - US Troops comfort a distressed child and puppy

WW2 - US Troops comfort a distressed child and puppy - likkely in France following the D-Day landings of June 1944. Date: 1944

Background imageD Day Collection: Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Lebisey, Normandy

Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, Lebisey, Normandy
This Memorial to the 2nd Battalion marks the German front line 6 June to 9 July 1944 during the intense fighting for Caen

Background imageD Day Collection: Major John Howard DSO

Major John Howard DSO, 1912-1999, who led a glider-borne assault on two bridges between Benouville and Ranville in Normandy, France, codenamed Operation Deadstick

Background imageD Day Collection: London shoppers with conversion tables - Decimilisation

London shoppers with conversion tables - Decimilisation
London shoppers equipped with conversion tables attempting to fathom the new Decimal currency, during a pre D-Day demonstration. Date: 1970

Background imageD Day Collection: The first all-decimal shop

The first all-decimal shop
Slightly bewildered Croydon lady, getting to grips with Britain's new decimal currency in April 1970, in the first all- Decimal shop in West Croydon

Background imageD Day Collection: Canadair CC-144 Challenger 144605

Canadair CC-144 Challenger 144605
Canadian Armed Forces - Canadair CC-144 Challenger 144605 (msn 1008, 601/CL-600-2A12), of 434 Squadron, at the RNAS Yeovilton - D-Day 50th Anniversary Photocall - 4 June 1994. Date: 1994

Background imageD Day Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - Dreamin of thee

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - Dreamin of thee
The caption is Dreamin of thee. The card was posted on 24 September 1944 just three months after D-Day, and the war has almost another 8 months to run

Background imageD Day Collection: Headstone of Flight-Lieutenant David Lord, VC

Headstone of Flight-Lieutenant David Lord, VC
David Lord is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Oosterbeek. He had spent five years, mostly in India with 31 Squadron

Background imageD Day Collection: Belgian Piron Brigade Memorial, Opheusden, Holland

Belgian Piron Brigade Memorial, Opheusden, Holland
Opheusden was the centre of much fighting involving British, American and Belgian forces following the failure of Operation Market Garden to cross the Rhine at Arnhem

Background imageD Day Collection: Original Bailey Bridge over the River Dives, Robehomme

Original Bailey Bridge over the River Dives, Robehomme
This is one of the few remaining, perhaps the only one, of the bridges built by the Engineers to replace original structures over the River Dives that were destroyed at dawn on D-Day

Background imageD Day Collection: 9th Para & 1st Canadian Para Bns Memorial, Varaville

9th Para & 1st Canadian Para Bns Memorial, Varaville
This grey marble Memorial was erected on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day. At the bottom is a bronze plaque presented to Varaville by Canadian 1st Para veterans and unveiled in June 1997

Background imageD Day Collection: No. 3 Commando Memorial Plaque, Merville Battery

No. 3 Commando Memorial Plaque, Merville Battery
The taking of the Battery was the task of the 9th Parachute Battalion, and despite a complicated plan that went very wrong from the first jumps at 0020 hours on D-Day

Background imageD Day Collection: Memorial to No. 6 Commando, Amfreville, Normandy

Memorial to No. 6 Commando, Amfreville, Normandy
No. 6 led the way across Pegasus Bridge on D-Day and headed for the high ground which is around Amfreville. In concert with 1st Special Service Brigade they attacked

Background imageD Day Collection: The South Lancashire Regiment Memorial, Hermanville

The South Lancashire Regiment Memorial, Hermanville
The Regiment is also known as the Prince of Waless Volunteers.They came ashore on D-Day as part of the first waves & the area around this Memorial contains other memorials to the leading elements

Background imageD Day Collection: 13th / 18th Hussars Memorial, la Breche d Hermanville

13th / 18th Hussars Memorial, la Breche d Hermanville
The Regiment was equipped with Flail tanks which acted as giant carpet sweepers, having at the front huge rotating steel chains as brushes

Background imageD Day Collection: East Yorkshire Regiment Memorial, la Breche, Normandy

East Yorkshire Regiment Memorial, la Breche, Normandy
The 2nd and 5th Battalions of the East Yorks landed here on D-Day as part of the first wave of the British 3rd Division. The Divisions landing beach had been divided into three sections, Peter

Background imageD Day Collection: Norwegian Destroyer Svenna, Anchor, la Breche

Norwegian Destroyer Svenna, Anchor, la Breche
This is at la Breche d Hermanville just off Sword Beach. The ship was sunk by a German torpedo on D-Day and the anchor was retrieved by the French Navy in the summer of 2003

Background imageD Day Collection: First HQ in France for journalists covering the invasion

First HQ in France for journalists covering the invasion
The Press had established themselves in Bernieres by 1030 hours on D-Day in the Hotel de Grave, now a private house, No 288, Rue du Regiment de la Chaudiere

Background imageD Day Collection: Memorial to the Regina Rifles, Bretteville, Normandy

Memorial to the Regina Rifles, Bretteville, Normandy
The Reginas landed on D-Day opposite one of the most heavily defended German positions along Juno Beach. Using the DD tanks of the 1st Hussars the Canadians got ashore

Background imageD Day Collection: Mulberry Harbour anchor Asnelles, Gold Beach

Mulberry Harbour anchor Asnelles, Gold Beach
In the foreground is a board carrying a description of the action here at Asnelles on D-Day, where the Essex and Sherwood Yeomanry came ashore

Background imageD Day Collection: Essex Yeomanry Memorial, German Bunker Gold Beach

Essex Yeomanry Memorial, German Bunker Gold Beach
The Essex came ashore here at O730 on D-Day equipped with Sherman DD (Duplex Drive) tanks and Sextons (self-propelled 25 pdr guns)

Background imageD Day Collection: German Bunker Asnelles with Memorial Plaques

German Bunker Asnelles with Memorial Plaques
This bunker on the shore on Gold Beach caused much trouble to the Hampshires and Dorsets as they came ashore at 0730 on D-Day. It was finally knocked out by Sergeant R. E

Background imageD Day Collection: 50th Northumbrian Division Memorial, Asnelles

50th Northumbrian Division Memorial, Asnelles
The Division landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, the leading Brigade was the 231st and one of the two leading regiments was the 1st Battalion of the Dorsets, who came ashore just before 0730

Background imageD Day Collection: Cheshire Regiment Memorial, Musee du Debarquement

Cheshire Regiment Memorial, Musee du Debarquement
The memorial is to all members of the Regiment whose different Battalions fought in various theatres of war. On D-Day the 2nd Battalion landed on Gold Beach as part of the 50th Northumbrian Division

Background imageD Day Collection: British 3rd Infantry Division Plaque Sannerville Normandy

British 3rd Infantry Division Plaque Sannerville Normandy
The wall commemorates the Divisions part in Operation Goodwood, 18-21 July 1944. Nicknamed Montys Ironsides, between D-Day and the end of the war, the Division had over 11, 000 casualties

Background imageD Day Collection: 2nd Bn Royal Ulster Rifles Memorial Cambes en Plaine

2nd Bn Royal Ulster Rifles Memorial Cambes en Plaine
The Battalion captured the village on 9 June. The German posltion was one of the strongest on this part of the front. The capture sealed the connection between Canadian & British Forces

Background imageD Day Collection: British & Canadian Liberators Monument Bretteville

British & Canadian Liberators Monument Bretteville
This striking Memorial lists all the Participants in the Liberation of Communes between the rivers Thue & Mue, 3rd Can Div, RCA, 2nd Armoured Bde, 43rd Wessex Div, 15th Scottish Div

Background imageD Day Collection: 50th Northumrian Division Asnelles Normandy

50th Northumrian Division Asnelles Normandy
The memorial is at a crossroads named Alexander Stanier after the Commander of the leading brigade (the 231st) of the 50th that landed on Gold Beach. Nearby are memorials to the leading battalions

Background imageD Day Collection: Museum of Underwater Wrecks Port en Bessin

Museum of Underwater Wrecks Port en Bessin
In 1970 Jaques Lemonchois was asked to clear war wrecks not cleared by the government. The results here include tanks, parts of aeroplanes and torpedos, plus films, photos and documents

Background imageD Day Collection: Entrance to site of German POW Camp Foucarville

Entrance to site of German POW Camp Foucarville
Eventually the camp held 40, 000 prisoners including 218 Generals and 6 Admirals. It was effectively a full blown town with a 1, 000 bed hospital, a cinema, electric lights, a ballroom and shops

Background imageD Day Collection: General Pattons HQ with Sherman tank Nehou Normandy

General Pattons HQ with Sherman tank Nehou Normandy
Patton had his Command Post here from 6 July to 2 August 1944. The memorial area was initially set up by the State of Connecticut

Background imageD Day Collection: Eros Royal Engineers Memorial Tierceville Normandy

Eros Royal Engineers Memorial Tierceville Normandy
The figure was made by 179th Special Field Company and completed on 23 August 1944. in one particularly heavy frost it lost a leg but thanks to former members of the French Resistance & the Comite du

Background imageD Day Collection: Mulberry Harbour on the beach at Arromanches-les-Bains

Mulberry Harbour on the beach at Arromanches-les-Bains
A section of one of the World War Two Mulberry Harbours on the beach at Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy, France Date: 1988

Background imageD Day Collection: Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy, France

Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy, France
Children play on a World War Two tank above the Normandy town of Arromanches-les-Bains. The beach was the scene for one of the main D Day Landings in June 1944

Background imageD Day Collection: WW2 - Canadian Trooper repairing his bicycle in Normandy

WW2 - Canadian Trooper repairing his bicycle in Normandy following the D-Day landings - June 1944. Date: 1944

Background imageD Day Collection: Badge of S. H. A. E. F

Badge of S. H. A. E. F
Badge of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (abbreviated as SHAEF, pronounced " shafe" ), the headquarters of the Commander of Allied forces in north west Europe



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