Wednesday 13 June 2018
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Loading tanks

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Loading tanks

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

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Acquiring fence wire

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Acquiring fence wire

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

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Packing parachutes

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Packing parachutes

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

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Reading up on France

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Reading up on France

A soldier from 101st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (12th King's Regiment (Liverpool)) 3rd Division, prepares for D Day by reading at his French handbook at Camp A2 at Emsworth, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, 29 May 1944.

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Learning to swim

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Learning to swim

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

British troops learning to swim across a waterway in full kit on a physical training course for NCOs, 2 May 1944.
© IWM (H 38125)
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Constructing artificial harbours

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Constructing artificial harbours

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

'Phoenix' concrete caissons, part of the Mulberry artificial harbour, being constructed in Surrey Docks in Rotherhithe, London, 17 April 1944.
© IWM (H 37607)
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Loading supplies

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Loading supplies

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.

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.
© IWM (EN 25387)
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Rehearsing the landings

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Rehearsing the landings

Troops storm ashore from LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) during Exercise 'Fabius', a major invasion rehearsal on the British coast, 5 May 1944. Nearest landing craft is LCA 798.

Troops storm ashore from LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) during Exercise 'Fabius', a major invasion rehearsal on the British coast, 5 May 1944. Nearest landing craft is LCA 798.
© IWM (H 38244)
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Building decoys

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Building decoys

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

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Checking tanks

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Checking tanks

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

A US officer checks a line-up of newly delivered M4 Sherman tanks at a supply depot in Britain, 1944.
© IWM (NYT 12387)
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Assembling landing craft

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Assembling landing craft

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

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Attending briefings

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Attending briefings

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

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Saying a prayer

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Saying a prayer

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. Troops from Weymouth were destined for Omaha assault area.

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