D-Day: The Invasion in Photographs by Tony Hall

By Tony Hall

The tale of the Allied invasion of Hitler's Europe, June 6, 1944, advised with impressive battlefield images.

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D-Day: The Invasion in Photographs

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Crocker, the second assault corps of Dempsey's Brttlsh 2nd Anny. The landJng was scheduled for 07:35, but was delayed to 07:45 for the 7th C8nadfan Brigade, and 07:55 for lhe 8th Canadian Brigade; making the 8th the last of the Hnt wave units to land on D-Day. Right Weighed down with packs and struggling ln Ute tide, these troops are seen coming ashore at Bernleres-sur-Mer, Juno beach, some tlme after the tnJUaJ assault. NoUce that they also have to cope wtlh bicycles - llems ot equipment very rarely seen tn photographs taken after D-Oay.

The naval bombardment of Gold began at 05:45 and lasted over 1~ hours. The A/a:rwas one of 95 Allied warshlps Involved In the naval bombardmenton D-Day. 40 Right: An Allied air reccnnatssance photograph of German beach defences around the Golt/ area. Notice the setdters running for CO\fCr on the left. This detcustve layout was typical of the obstacles emptaced along the French coast. Every assault force on D·Day had to clear a way through such defences before getting asnore. a task made no easier by the mtltlons of mtnes that had also been sown [below rlghtf.

Jo at 09:33, June 6, a message also broadcast tn the United States at 03:33 Eastern Standard Time. The simple statement, autbcrtzed by Eisenhower himself. read: "Under the command of General Elsenhcwer. Allied naval forces. " \Vilh those few words. notice was given thal the finaJ chapter of the war In Europe had bequn.

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