#MilitaryMonday: Late June 1944 – Normandy, France

A glimpse into what was happening in Normandy, France 70 years ago…

National Ensigns fly proudly as a pair of landing craft hits the beach somewhere in Normandy. Overhead barrage balloons protect against dive-bomber attack. US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

National Ensigns fly proudly as a pair of landing craft hits the beach somewhere in Normandy. Overhead barrage balloons protect against dive-bomber attack.
US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Clearing Normandy beaches of the tricks and devices set up by the Nazis in a futile attempt to prevent or delay an Allied landing, members of a U. S. Navy Beach Battalion uproot the spider-like obstructions intended to rip out the bottoms of our ships. Though visible at low tide, the obstructions were covered with water at high tide. US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Clearing Normandy beaches of the tricks and devices set up by the Nazis in a futile attempt to prevent or delay an Allied landing, members of a U. S. Navy Beach Battalion uproot the spider-like obstructions intended to rip out the bottoms of our ships. Though visible at low tide, the obstructions were covered with water at high tide.
US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Proving the amphibious nature of World War II, these US Navy men are stationed ashore somewhere in France to perform duties which will further the cooperation of land and sea forces. US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Proving the amphibious nature of World War II, these US Navy men are stationed ashore somewhere in France to perform duties which will further the cooperation of land and sea forces.
US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Exhausted from their rapid advance inland from the Normandy beachhead, US soldiers relax for a few minutes outside a French cafe. US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

Exhausted from their rapid advance inland from the Normandy beachhead, US soldiers relax for a few minutes outside a French cafe.
US Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National WWII Museum.

All images courtesy of The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA.

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