Preparing for Operation Overlord. Unique photos in color

Preparing for Operation Overlord. Unique photos in color

These unique photos in color from the World War II show the loading of Allied troops (USA, Canada, Britain) on landing ships in the port of Weymouth during Operation Overlord (D-Day). South coast of England. Early June 1944.

Norman Operation, or Operation Overlord

The Allied strategic operation in World War II to land troops in Normandy (France), which began early in the morning on June 6, 1944 and ended on August 25, 1944, after which the Allies crossed the Seine River, liberated Paris and continued their advance towards the French-German border. Unfortunately the author of these photos is unknown.

British assault landing craft LCA type with American rangers on board in the port of Weymouth

Preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

US Rangers, soldiers of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, before being loaded onto landing boats in Port of Weymouth, pass through the control tent of the logistics officers, where they received hot coffee and donuts.

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied forces captured in these color photos in Operation Overlord

The Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force is Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  • 21st Army Group (Bernard Montgomery)

  1st Canadian Army (Harry Krirar)
  2nd British Army (Miles Dempsey)
  1st U.S. Army (Omar Bradley)
  3rd U.S. Army (George Patton)

  • 1st Army Group (George Patton) – Formed to misinform the enemy.

Other American units also arrived in England, which were later formed in the 3rd, 9th and 15th armies.

Also in Normandy, Polish units took part in the battles. At the cemetery in Normandy, where the remains of soldiers killed in those battles are buried, including approximately 600 Poles. 

LCA-class British assault landing craft. Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

LCA-class British assault landing craft. Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

An LCA-class British assault landing craft delivers troops to the landing craft in preparation for the Normandy landings. On board on the boat are servicemen from the 5th Ranger Battalion and the 58th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Corps, US 1st Army, which will land in the Omaha sector, in the Dog Green sector. Three officers in the bow of the boat: Lieutenant Stan Askin, Captain John Raen and Major Richard Sullivan.

LCA-class British assault landing craft. Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

LCA-class British assault landing craft. Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

Loading of the 5th US Engineering Brigade on landing ships at Weymouth

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

British cutters deliver troops to a landing ship before landing in Normandy. Photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth - Normandy). Unique photo in color

Allied soldiers preparing for Operation Overlord (Weymouth – Normandy). Unique photo in color

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