D-Day 1944

Some 156 000 troops from more than a dozen nations were involved in the “D-Day” Normandy landings on the 6th of June, 1944.

This was the beginning of a major Allied push back into western Europe, and a major turning point in the Second World War.

Crossing the English Channel on the way to begin the invasion.

A convoy of Landing Craft Infantry (Large) sails across the English Channel toward the Normandy Invasion beaches on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

British troops come ashore at Gold Beach.

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US troops on Utah Beach.

Normandy_1 Carrying their equipment, U.S. assault troops move onto Utah Beach. Landing craft can be seen in the background. 6th June 1944 D-Day Normandy landings.

Personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy land on Juno Beach.

Personnel of Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando W land on Mike Beach sector of Juno Beach, 6 June 1944.

British troops take cover after landing on Sword Beach.

Infantry_waiting_to_move_off_'Queen_White'_BeachBritish troops take cover after landing on Sword Beach. D-Day Normandy landings. 6th june 1944.

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D-Day

This image – from the 6th of June, 1944 – shows British troops taking part in the iconic Normandy landings of the Second World War.

Some 156 000 troops from more than a dozen nations took part in the invasion, which was a turning point in the war.

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On this day: War in the Pacific

D Day on the beach at Balikpapan with Australian soldiers from a unit of the 7th Infantry Division carrying a wounded soldier on a stretcher along the beach.

1st July 1945: Australians carry a wounded soldier along the beach at Balikpapan, Borneo. Smoke billows from burning oil tanks bombed by the Japanese.

The Borneo Campaign ran from the 1st of May until Japan’s surrender on the 15th of August, and succeeded in pushing the Japanese further from Australia. However, Japan’s inhumane treatment of Allied prisoners of war became infamous, and included sex slavery and death marches.

On this day: a Town is Liberated

Group_of_prisoners_who_surrendered_to_Canadians_in_Courseulles Two German officers in a group of prisoners who surrendered to Canadian troops in Courseulles-sur-Mer - June 6, 1944. Secon

This photograph, taken on the 6th of June, 1944, shows German soldiers – including two officers – surrendering to Canadian troops in the French town of Courseulles-sur-Mer.

Below are the Canadians arriving on the beach in their preparations to take over the area.

Taken on D-Day, the first day of the Normandy landings in the Second World War, the town is widely believed to be the first liberated in the massive Allied campaign.

Images of locals and soldiers celebrating Bastille Day together just over a month later can be seen HERE.

On this day: the death of a war photographer

Ralph Morse, an American photographer for Life magazine, and war correspondent in Britain in the 1940s, died in Florida on the 7th of December, 2014 at the age of ninety-seven.

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, London, 1944. Photograph By Ralph Morse.

Amongst his popular photographs were those of American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War alongside their local girlfriends. The image above was taken in London’s Hyde Park in 1944 in the buildup to D-Day. Interestingly, the American soldier is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.

On this day: Bastille Day during a war

The commune of Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy, France was liberated early after the D-Day landings in 1944. It is believed to be the first town in the region to be freed.

On the 14th of July the same year, a Bastille Day service was held, with locals as well as Allied troops taking part.

British and American troops with locals at the ceremony at the War Memorial. X

Bastille_Day_in_Courseulles,_Normandy,_14_July_1944_TR2000French, British and American troops join with local inhabitants of Courseulles-sur-Mer in the ceremony at the War Memorial

A brother and sister lay flowers. X

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A local fireman holds the French Tricolour. X

Bastille_Day_in_Courseulles,_Normandy,_14_July_1944_TR2001A local fireman holding the French Tricolour during the ceremony at the War Memorial to celebrate Bastille Day. Courseulles was

A British marine (left), who played the Last Post, stands with local children who wait to lay flowers at the service. X

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On this day…

The C-47s group at the RAF base in Exeter, England on the 5th of June, 1944. This was the day before D-Day, and the planes are painted with identifying stripes. They are parked on the grass as there were too many planes to fit on the concrete.

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