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.
Map of the D-Day landings on the 6th of June, 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.
British troops come ashore at Gold Beach.
US troops on Utah Beach.
Personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy land on Juno Beach.
British troops take cover after landing on Sword Beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.