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Images of the Week (D-Day in Color)

by on June 6, 2014


This week I’m highlighting color photographs taken as the Western Allies prepared for the invasion of Normandy (D-Day). The overwhelming majority of D-Day related color still film found in the National Archives document the pre-assault phase and not of the invasion area. Black-and-White photographs and other D-Day related documents from the National Archives can be found in our Online Public Access (OPA) system and in the new online exhibit “1944 – D-Day and The Normandy Invasion”.

111-C-1169Local Identifier: 111-C-1169, “American troops load onto LSIs at a port in Britain where barrage balloons have been anchored for protection against strafing and low level bombings.”

111-C-1197 Local Identifier: 111-C-1197, “These American troops are marching through the streets of a British port town on their way to the docks where they will be loaded into landing craft for the big assault.”

111-SC-1209 Local Identifier: 111-SC-1209, “Jeeps being driven into the open doors of an LCT at a port in Britain in preparation for D-Day.”

111-SC-1214 Local Identifier: 111-SC-1214, “Men and equipment are massed together in landing craft in preparation for the big assault on the European continent.  England.”

111-SC-1218 Local Identifier: 111-SC-1218, “This is the last roll call for the men before they board landing craft for the big assault on the European continent.”

111-SC-1219 Local Identifier: 111-SC-1219, “View of an LCT with American troops and equipment loaded aboard awaiting the signal for the assault against the continent.”

111-SC-1232Local Identifier: 111-SC-1232, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.  Note Barrage balloons in the background.”

111-SC-1237

Local Identifier: 111-SC-1237, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.”

111-SC-1247 Local Identifier: 111-SC-1247, “Trucks which will carry supplies to front line troops when the assault against Hitler’s Europe begins, are being loaded on an LST in a British port.”

111-SC-1248 Local Identifier: 111-SC-1248, “Medics and litter bearers going up the ramp of an LCT which will take them to France for the assault against Hitler’s Europe.”

111-C-1258 Local Identifier: 111-C-1258, “These American troops have loaded their equipment onto an LCT and are waiting the signal for the assault against the Continent.”

 

 


Comments

D.Farnes June 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

The location of the pictures are basically weymouth and portland harbours in dorset, I have identified the following:

111-C-1197 – The esplanade weymouth dorset
111-SC-1218 – The esplanade weymouth dorset
111-C-1232 – custom house quay weymouth dorset
111-C-1169 – custom house quay weymouth dorset
111-SC-1209 – 9 castletown road, portland dorset

Not sure about the others, some other the buildings in the background have been demolished since, but you can go on google maps/ street view to see the locations today.

Ken June 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Godspeed to them all. Thank you for remembering them today.

Michael Banks June 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

They were in to win…and they did!

Molokai June 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Why didn’t they attack the beach fortresses from the air and shell it with battleships thereby obliterating everything first before making the beach landings?

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