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  • Painting, ON THE WAY TO THE ASSAULT BOATS, by Olin Dows

    ON THE WAY TO THE ASSAULT BOATS
    England, Olin Dows
    1944

  • Photo, In preparation for the invasion, artillery equipment is loaded aboard LCTS at an English port. Brixham, England. 1 June 1944

    In preparation for the invasion, artillery equipment is loaded aboard LCTS at an English port. Brixham, England. 1 June 1944. Photo by Nehez.
    SC206438

  • Photo, General view of a port in  England

    General view of a port in England; in foreground, jeeps are being loaded onto LCTs - in background, larger trucks and ducks are being loaded onto LSTs. Undated - June 1944.

  • Photo, An ambulance being backed into the mouth of an LST

    An ambulance being backed into the mouth of an LST in preparation for the big assault against Hitler’s Europe. Undated - in prep for Normandy landings. Undated - June 1944.

  • Photo, Trucks are being loaded onto an LCT in a British port

    Anti-aircraft halftracks to support initial wave of the assault against Hitler’s Europe begins are being loaded onto an LCT in a British port. Undated - June 1944.

  • Photo, These American troops marching on  their way to the docks where they will be loaded into landing craft for the big assault

    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. Undated - June 1944.

  • Photo, American troops load onto landing craft at a port in Britain from where they will shove off for the invasion of Europe on D-Day

    American troops load onto landing craft at a port in Britain from where they will shove off for the invasion of Europe on D-Day. Undated - June 1944.

  • Photo, View of an LCT with 
 American troops and equipment loaded aboard awaiting the signal for the assault against the continent.  England

    View of an LCT with American troops and equipment loaded aboard awaiting the signal for the assault against the continent. England. Undated - June 1944

  • Photo, Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. "Full victory - nothing else" to paratroopers in England, 6 June 1944

    Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. "Full victory - nothing else" to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.
    Photo by Moore. SC194399

  • Photo, Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. "Full victory - nothing else" to paratroopers in England, 6 June 1944

    Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. "Full victory - nothing else" to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.
    Photo by Moore. SC194399

  • Painting, OMAHA BEACH, by Joseph Gary Sheahan

    Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. "Full victory - nothing else" to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.
    Photo by Moore. SC194399

  • Painting, UTAH BEACH, by Joseph Gary Sheahan

    UTAH BEACH
    France
    Joseph Gary Sheahan, 1944

  • Photo, Assault landing. One of the first waves at Omaha

    Assault landing. One of the first waves at Omaha. The Coast Guard caption identifies the unit as Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. CG 2343

  • Photo, American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachhead, on the Northern Coast of France, 6 June 1944

    American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachhead, on the Northern Coast of France. Smoke in the background is Naval gunfire supporting the land. 6 June 1944. SC320901

  • Painting, LST Unloading in Normandy by Harrison Standley

    LST UNLOADING IN NORMANDY
    Harrison Standley

  • Painting, First Wave At Omaha: The Ordeal of the Blue and Gray, part of the National Guard Heritage series

    FIRST WAVE AT OMAHA: THE ORDEAL OF THE BLUE AND GRAY
    Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944
    Behind them was a great invasion armada and the powerful sinews of war. But in the first wave of assault troops of the 29th (Blue and Gray) Infantry Division, it was four rifle companies landing on a hostile shore at H-hour, D-Day - 6:30 a.m., on June 6, 1944. The long-awaited liberation of France was underway. After long months in England, National Guardsmen from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia found themselves in the vanguard of the Allied attack. In those early hours on the fire-swept beach the 116th Infantry Combat Team, the old Stonewall Brigade of Virginia, clawed its way through Les Moulins draw toward its objective, Vierville-sur-Mer. It was during the movement from Les Moulins that the battered but gallant 2d Battalion broke loose from the beach, clambered over the embankment, and a small party, led by the battalion commander, fought its way to a farmhouse which became its first Command Post in France. The 116th suffered monre than 800 casualties this day - a day which will long be remembered as the beginning of the Allies' "Great Crusade" to rekindle the lamp of liberty and freedom on the continent of Europe. Part of the National Guard

  • Photo, American assault troops move onto  Utah Beach on the norther coast of France., 6 June 1944

    Invasion. Carrying a full equipment, American assault troops move onto Utah Beach on the norther coast of France. Landing craft, in the background, jams the harbor. 6 June 1944. Photographer: Wall. SC189902

  • Photo, Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk be enemy action of the coast of France, Omaha  Beach, 6 June 1944

    Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk be enemy action of the coast of France. These survivors reached Omaha Beach, by using a life raft. Photographer: Weintraub, 6 June 1944. SC190366

  • Photo, Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk be enemy action of the coast of France, Omaha  Beach, 6 June 1944

    Three Rhino barges and a petrol barge are being hammered by surf somewhere along the coast of France Photographer: Bacon. SC 193920

  • Photo, D+2, Rangers at Pointe Du Hoe

    Photo taken on D+2, after relief forces reached the Rangers at Point Du Hoe. The American flag had been spread out to stop fire of friendly tanks coming from inland. Some German prisoners are being moved in after capture by the relieving forces. SC190240

  • Photo, telling the story of how the France beachhead was supplied on "D-Day". 6 June 1944

    This graphic tells the story of how the France beachhead was supplied on "D-Day". 6 June 1944 Photo by Steck. SC190631

  • Photo, Build up of Omaha Beach

    The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. SC193082

  • Painting, Wrecked German Pillbox, by Manuel Bromberg

    WRECKED GERMAN PILLBOX
    Manuel Bromberg, Normandy 1944

  • Photo, GIs who have landed on the northern coast of France during the early stages of D-Day man a life line to help other Americans approaching the beach

    GIs who have landed on the northern coast of France during the early stages of D-Day man a life line to help other Americans approaching the beach in a swamped landing craft. 12 June 1944. Photo by Weintraub. SC238439

  • A medic of the 3d Bn., 16th Inf.  Regt., 1st U.S. Inf. Div., moves along a narrow strip of Omaha Beach

    A medic of the 3d Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st U.S. Inf. Div., moves along a narrow strip of Omaha Beach administering first aid to men wounded in the landing. The men, having gained the comparative safety offered by the chalk cliff at their backs, take a breather before moving into the interior of the continent. Collville, Sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Photographer: Taylor, 6 June 1944. SC 189925-S

  • Painting, The Way Back, by Lawrence Beall Smith

    THE WAY BACK
    Lawrence Beall Smith

  • Painting, Evacuating Wounded Soldiers, by Harrison Standley

    Evacuating Wounded Soldiers
    England, World War II
    Harrison Standley, 1944
    "Stretcher bearers of a medical battalion carry a casualty from the hold of an LST to a waiting ambulance which will take them to a nearby field hospital. The LST had just returned from Normandy bringing about 300 ambulatory casualties and about 30 stretcher cases. Seamen from the LST's and soldiers about to embark for France watch with interest. On board the evacuating LST's the cases are cared for by Navy medical personnel, June 1944." HARRISON STANDLEY

  • Photo, A group of 
 paratroopers in a French village at St. Marcouf, Utah Beach, France. 8June 1944

    A group of paratroopers in a French village at St. Marcouf, Utah Beach, France. From here they will move on into the continent, accomplishing their assigned objectives. 8 June 1944. Photo by Werner. SC 189921-S

  • Photo, Members of the 1st Bn, 355th Engineers, cleaning through wrecked streets of St Lo so that traffic could move by road from Omaha beach

    Members of the 1st Bn, 355th Engineers, cleaning through wrecked streets of St Lo so that traffic could move by road from Omaha beach. Photographer: Unknown, date - 1944. SC 572358

  • Painting, Normandy Sabbath, by Lawrence Beall Smith

    NORMANDY SABBATH
    Normandy, World War II
    Lawrence Beall Smith, 1944

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