A German coastal cannon fires against an aircraft that flies al low altitude over the English
Channel. Encouraged by Churchill, the Operation Jubilee ended in a disaster for the British expeditionary
forces that in the summer of 1942 finally landed on the area of Dieppe in order to destroy its docks. The operation was also intended as a test for the future Operation Overlord.
A Jeep equipped with radio gets on board a C 47 Dakota transport aircraft during the
preparations for the disembarking in Normandy. The white strips painted on the fuselage served as an
identification for the aircraft that took part on the D Day.
American soldiers and Jeeps loaded into a LCT (Landing Craft Tank) unit, awaiting for the order
of departure. Despite the scrupulous preparation of the D Day, the bad weather wrecked the perfect
organization, delaying several times the beginning of the operations, that finally occurred the 6 June
1944, named as the D Day.
In the eve of the landing in Normandy, the British docks on the English Channel were crowded of landing
ships, from the smaller LCT to the bigger LST that would carry them across the channel.
Though the landing was harsh, the operation achieved a quick success, helped by the security gaps left
by the Germans. The German commanders, using a logical approach, were convinced until the last moment
that the landing would be effectuated at Calais, the nearest coast to England. Only Hitler thought
A MG 34 machine gun placed in anti-disembarking position during the maneuvers made in 1942 in
expectancy for a future allied landing on the coasts of Normandy. When the allied forces finally
launched the massive amphibious assault named Operation Overlord in June 1944, a large part of the
German troops were taken in a state of self-confidence. The allied intelligence made great efforts to
deceive the Germans about the details of the operation, and the German commanders crowned these efforts
by disregarding the alerts given by the German intelligence services.
British paratroopers getting on board a glider on the eve of the invasion of Europe. The biggest disembarkation on History was about to begin, and these highly trained soldiers would be launched on the German lines to open a breach for the forces coming from the sea.
American soldiers waiting in the docks while some trucks are being loaded into the
LST (Landing Ship Tank) units.
American soldiers get on board a motor barge that would lead them on board the anchored LST units.