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These Incredible Photos Show The Allies Preparing For D-Day

  • Loading tanks

    A Sherman tank of the 13th/18th Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade, reverses aboard an LST at Gosport, 1 June 1944.
    A Sherman tank of the 13th/18th Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade, reverses aboard an LST at Gosport, 1 June 1944.
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    A Sherman tank of the 13th/18th Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade, reverses aboard an LST (Landing Ship Tank) at Gosport, 1 June 1944.

  • Acquiring fence wire

    US soldiers pile great rolls of fence wire at a supply depot in England.
    US soldiers pile great rolls of fence wire at a supply depot in England.
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    US soldiers pile great rolls of fence wire at a supply depot in England.

  • Packing parachutes

    Members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force repair and pack parachutes for use by airborne troops during the Normandy invasion.
    Members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force repair and pack parachutes for use by airborne troops during the Normandy invasion.
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    Members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force repair and pack parachutes for use by airborne troops during the Normandy invasion, 31 May 1944.

  • Reading up on France

    A soldier from 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment prepares for D-Day by reading his French handbook at a camp near Portsmouth.
    A soldier from 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment prepares for D-Day by reading his French handbook at a camp near Portsmouth.
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    A soldier from 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment prepares for D-Day by reading his French handbook at a camp near Portsmouth, 29 May 1944.

  • Learning to swim

    British troops learning to swim across a waterway in full kit on a physical training course for NCOs.
    British troops learning to swim across a waterway in full kit on a physical training course for NCOs.
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    British troops learning to swim across a waterway in full kit on a physical training course for NCOs, 2 May 1944.

  • Constructing artificial harbours

    'Phoenix' concrete caissons, part of the Mulberry artificial harbour, being constructed in Surrey Docks in Rotherhithe, London.
    'Phoenix' concrete caissons, part of the Mulberry artificial harbour, being constructed in Surrey Docks in Rotherhithe, London.
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    'Phoenix' concrete caissons, part of the Mulberry artificial harbour, being constructed in Surrey Docks in Rotherhithe, London, 17 April 1944.

  • Loading supplies

    A US truck towing a field kitchen drives aboard an LST at Brixham in Devon during preparations for the invasion of Europe.
    A US truck towing a field kitchen drives aboard an LST at Brixham in Devon during preparations for the invasion of Europe.
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    A US truck towing a field kitchen drives aboard an LST (Landing Ship Tank) at Brixham in Devon during preparations for the invasion of Europe, June 1944.

  • Rehearsing the landings

    Troops storm ashore from LCAs during Exercise 'Fabius', a major invasion rehearsal on the British coast.
    Troops storm ashore from LCAs during Exercise 'Fabius', a major invasion rehearsal on the British coast.
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    Troops storm ashore from LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) during Exercise 'Fabius', a major invasion rehearsal on the British coast, 5 May 1944.

  • Building decoys

    Dummy landing craft used as decoys in south-eastern harbours in the period before D-Day.
    Dummy landing craft used as decoys in south-eastern harbours in the period before D-Day.
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    Dummy landing craft used as decoys in south-eastern harbours in the period before D-Day.

  • Checking tanks

    A US officer checks a line-up of newly delivered M4 Sherman tanks at a supply depot in Britain.
    A US officer checks a line-up of newly delivered M4 Sherman tanks at a supply depot in Britain.
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    A US officer checks a line-up of newly delivered M4 Sherman tanks at a supply depot in Britain, 1944.

  • Assembling landing craft

    A large group of LCTs moored along the quayside at Southampton.
    A large group of LCTs moored along the quayside at Southampton.
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    A large group of LCTs (Landing Craft Tank) moored along the quayside at Southampton, 1944.

  • Attending briefings

    Men of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for the invasion.
    Men of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for the invasion.
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    Men of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for the invasion, 4-5 June 1944.

  • Saying a prayer

    Father (Major) Edward J Waters conducts a service for Army and Navy personnel about to take part in the invasion of Europe.
    Father (Major) Edward J Waters conducts a service for Army and Navy personnel about to take part in the invasion of Europe.
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    Father (Major) Edward J Waters, a US Army Catholic chaplain, conducts a service on the quayside at Weymouth for Army and Navy personnel about to take part in the invasion of Europe, June 1944.