In the breakout from the Normady beachhead on the road to Perriers, two US GI’s take cover behind dead cows. In an exposed position like a road, any cover can be the difference between life and death.
Assigned to the Ninth Air Force the 416th Bombardment Group, they were equipped with Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft, seen here wearing the invasion stripes – alternating black and white bands on the wings and fuselage – an attempt to increase recognition and thereby reducing friendly fire incidents.
D-Day invasion stripes were removed from the upper surfaces of aircraft a month later, and by the end of 1944 they were completely removed.
Depending on where you are in the world, today is either the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, or it’s the day before D-Day.
It’s the day when the Allied forces returned to mainland Europe, many soliders on both sides lost their lives on this day, and in the many days to come.
Into the jaws of death, US infantry disembark landing craft at Omaha.
82nd Airborne and French Resistance discussing the situation during the Battle for Normandy.
British troops taking cover while waiting to move off ‘Queen White’ beach, Sword Area.
A LCM landing craft evacuates casualties from the D-Day invasion beaches.
Hopefully you enjoyed this daily historical photo series, as we come to some of the more momentous days in WWII history we will do more series like this.