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Operation Overlord Collection

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Landing craft and armoured cars seen at Dartmouth during the preparations for Operation

Landing craft and armoured cars seen at Dartmouth during the preparations for Operation Overlord the invasion of Europe. Circa May 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: American troops and equipment are loaded on to LST (Landing ship tank

American troops and equipment are loaded on to LST (Landing ship tank) at Dartmouth during preparation for Operation Overlord, invasion of Europe. Circa late May 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: American half track armoured cars disembarking from LST (Landing ship tank

American half track armoured cars disembarking from LST (Landing ship tank) at Dartmouth during an exercise in the build up to Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe. Circa May 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Men of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for

Men of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for the invasion. 4th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The allies have planned their own railroad system to take with them for the forthcoming

The allies have planned their own railroad system to take with them for the forthcoming second front. The construction of this rail system in England has been on of the greatest secrets of this war

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The first RAF Repair and Salvage Unit was working operationally within three days of

The first RAF Repair and Salvage Unit was working operationally within three days of landing on the shores of Normandy, Northern France

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: A Sherman VC Firefly tank of 24th Lancers, 8th Armoured Brigade, near St Leger

A Sherman VC Firefly tank of 24th Lancers, 8th Armoured Brigade, near St Leger, 11 June 1944. The Sherman Firefly was based on the US M4 Sherman Tank but fitted with the powerful 3-inch calibre

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat

The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat, a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War Two

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The aftermath of the Battle for Caen. The town fell to Canadian

The aftermath of the Battle for Caen. The town fell to Canadian and British troops on the 9th July after a sustained bombardment which caused substantial damage to the town

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Madame Scarlett, hotelkeeper of the Hotel Des Fleurs in Les Andrelys on the Seine, France

Madame Scarlett, hotelkeeper of the Hotel Des Fleurs in Les Andrelys on the Seine, France, proudly wearing her blouse made from a Union Jack flag as she welcomes liberating British troops into

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: A Royal Engineer bulldozer seen here on Gold beach. June 16th 1944

A Royal Engineer bulldozer seen here on Gold beach. June 16th 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Huge underground ammunition depot, Southern Command. (Picture

Huge underground ammunition depot, Southern Command. (Picture) Storage bays for shells in the completed section of the underground ammunition depot. 23rd November 1943

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Prefabricated Ports, each as big as Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in sections

Prefabricated Ports, each as big as Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in sections, towed across the Channel, and set down off the coast of Normandy

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Two young Blackawton lads helping with the evacuation of the village

Two young Blackawton lads helping with the evacuation of the village. Circa November 1943

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Local farmer with his steam tractor engine and threshing machine seen here leaving

Local farmer with his steam tractor engine and threshing machine seen here leaving Slapton at the beginning of the evacuation. Circa November 1943

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Locals at Kings Arms Beesands have a final drink before the pub closes for the duration

Locals at Kings Arms Beesands have a final drink before the pub closes for the duration of the evacuation. Circa December 1943

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Lease-end entertainment. These British boys on an American ships going to the British

Lease-end entertainment. These British boys on an American ships going to the British beaches were entertained by the yankees during the voyage. 8th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Two Prefabricated Ports, each as big as Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in

Two Prefabricated Ports, each as big as Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in sections, towed across the Channel, and set down off the coast of Normandy

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: A camouflaged Sherman Firefly tank of the 7th Armoured Division seen here moving up to

A camouflaged Sherman Firefly tank of the 7th Armoured Division seen here moving up to the assembly area during Operation Goodwood, in Normandy, 18 July 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: World War II Invasion of France Part of the British invasion fleet bound for

World War II Invasion of France Part of the British invasion fleet bound for the Gold Juno and Sword Normandy beaches seen here on the morning of D-day from the cliffs overlooking Folkestone

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Group of US Army nurses first to land with the vanguard of American troops on Normandy

Group of US Army nurses first to land with the vanguard of American troops on Normandy beachheads, take time for dinner on the site of the Field Hospital

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The first party of Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) attached to the 21st Army Group

The first party of Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) attached to the 21st Army Group arrive in Normandy, Northern France following the successful Allied landings on the beaches on 6th June

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Lorries, Bren Carriers and despatch riders all fork part of this long convoy of Canadian

Lorries, Bren Carriers and despatch riders all fork part of this long convoy of Canadian men and equipment moving in to Caen during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War. July 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: These photographs give some indication of what a gigantic task the construction of

These photographs give some indication of what a gigantic task the construction of the two prefabricated ports, their towing across the Channel, and installation off the coast of Normandy entailed

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Two pre-fabricated Ports, each as big a a Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in

Two pre-fabricated Ports, each as big a a Gibraltar were manufactured in Britain in segments, towed across the Channel and set down off the coast of Normandy

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Sherman tanks pass other tanks and crew waiting for the order to advance on Caen

Sherman tanks pass other tanks and crew waiting for the order to advance on Caen, which was captured by British and Canadian forces on 9th July 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: US War Corespondent aboard one of the landing craft bringing re-enforcements to

US War Corespondent aboard one of the landing craft bringing re-enforcements to the Normandy coast 10 days after the D-Day landings 16th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Lieutenant Jack Haughton, RNVR commander of a landing craft bringing re-enforcements to

Lieutenant Jack Haughton, RNVR commander of a landing craft bringing re-enforcements to the Normandy beaches 10 days after the D-Day landings

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: US Soldiers searching for land mines on the grass verges of the roads in

US Soldiers searching for land mines on the grass verges of the roads in and around Cherbourg. 30th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: British troops of the 79th in an unknown Normandy town in Northern France a month after

British troops of the 79th in an unknown Normandy town in Northern France a month after the D-Day landings chat with local children 5th July 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: British troops outside the bath house in an unknown Normandy town in Northern France a

British troops outside the bath house in an unknown Normandy town in Northern France a month after the D-Day landings 5th July 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Sailor on a landing craft poses with a captured German helmet

Sailor on a landing craft poses with a captured German helmet and rifle after delivering re-enforcements to the Normandy coast 10 days after the D-Day landings 16th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Preparations for the Allied invasion of Normandy, Northern France during the Second

Preparations for the Allied invasion of Normandy, Northern France during the Second World War. The mounting mass of materials produced by factories, and the training of men to use them

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Allied D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, Northern France during the Second World

Allied D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, Northern France during the Second World War. American G.I. soldiers with equipment entering the landing craft before the invasion. June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: After long months and even years of hard training and battle

After long months and even years of hard training and battle, US soldiers register apparent happiness at embarkation for invasion of Normandy, Northern France

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: American soldiers laden with equipment and weapons assemble on board a small landing

American soldiers laden with equipment and weapons assemble on board a small landing craft. ahead of the D-Day invasion and landings on the coast of Normandy, Northern France. Circa 4th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The Battle of Saint-Lo, one of the three conflicts in the Battle of the Hedgerows which

The Battle of Saint-Lo, one of the three conflicts in the Battle of the Hedgerows which took place between 7th - 19th July 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Landing craft infantry of the 9th Canadian Infantry prior to their landing on Juno beach

Landing craft infantry of the 9th Canadian Infantry prior to their landing on Juno beach during the D-Day landing sin Normandy, Northern France. 6th June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Photo taken from an American landing craft approaching a beachhead oh the northern coast

Photo taken from an American landing craft approaching a beachhead oh the northern coast of France shows American soldiers ready to leap into the surf during the D0-Day landings in Normandy

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: A panoramic view showing the great armada of warships and merchantmen standing by before

A panoramic view showing the great armada of warships and merchantmen standing by before returning to the French coast. June 1944

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: British troops continue to land on the beach-heads of Normandy

British troops continue to land on the beach-heads of Normandy, Northern France to support their comrades who made the crossing the previous day as part of the Allied D-Day landings

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: British and Canadian troops enter the liberated town of Falaise, Northern France

British and Canadian troops enter the liberated town of Falaise, Northern France. The Falaise Pocket was the decisive engagement of the Battle of Normandy

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Spitfire fighter aircraft piloted by pilots of the Royal Norwegian Air Force give fighter

Spitfire fighter aircraft piloted by pilots of the Royal Norwegian Air Force give fighter cover and close support to the Navy and Amy

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Canadian soldiers tend to French Refugees in Normandy shortly after the successful

Canadian soldiers tend to French Refugees in Normandy shortly after the successful Allied landings during the Second World War. Many of the French refugees had not eaten for three or more days

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: A French villager aids RAF traffic control policeman Corporal Syd Highens of Leicester

A French villager aids RAF traffic control policeman Corporal Syd Highens of Leicester at a busy road junction in Creully, Normandy, Northern France

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: Beer and other NaFI supplies are now arriving in France

Beer and other NaFI supplies are now arriving in France and British troops are once more getting acquainted with British brews. Here are Corporal F. R. Webb of Fulham and Corporal J

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: The first British to enter Cherbourg were four RAF members of an Embarkation Unit

The first British to enter Cherbourg were four RAF members of an Embarkation Unit. They entered the town with the Americans and took up their headquarters by the quayside

Background imageOperation Overlord Collection: British soldiers making friends with French families in the Bayeux area of Normandy

British soldiers making friends with French families in the Bayeux area of Normandy, Northern France, shortly after the Allied landings. 11th June 1944



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