On this day: a Town is Liberated

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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.

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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.

The Australian Women’s Land Army

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Field Officer Mrs Mellor of the Australian Women’s Land Army ties a papier-mâché cow to the back of her car on the 29th of February, 1944 (1944 was a leap year).

The cow was used in milking demonstrations.

The AWLA was formed in 1942 to combat rising labour shortages in Australia’s farming industry as the war in the Pacific intensified. The organisation was disbanded at the end of 1945.

On this day: London Library is Bombed

After a number of near misses, London Library was finally hit by German bombs on the 23rd of February, 1944.

The library, founded in 1841, is on St James’s Square.

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On 23rd February 1944 The London Library came within a few feet of being totally destroyed. Bombed Second World War Two

On 23rd February 1944 The London Library came within a few feet of being totally destroyed. Bombed Second World War Two 0238_-_The_Sackler_Study_1944

Christmas Day at War

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25th December 1944: British Royal Artillery cooks prepare Christmas dinner near the German town of Geilenkirchen. The region had fallen to the Allies the month before.

A Wartime Christmas

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Mrs Devereux and her twelve-year-old daughter Jean at their home in Pinner, Middlesex, England in December of 1944.

The Christmas tree was a present from Mr Devereux, who was serving overseas in the war, and was organised through a YMCA initiative.

More photographs of the family’s Christmas can be found HERE.