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Canadian soldiers in a Landing Craft Assault (LCA) head for the beachhead from HMCS Prince Henry during the Allied D-Day landings (Operation Overlord) in Normandy. More than 14,000 Canadian troops stormed the 8 km (5.0 mi) stretch of beach between Graye-sur-Mer and St. Aubin-sur-Mer on 6 June 1944. They were followed by 150,000 additional Canadian troops over the next few months. Canadian soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, which formed the Canadian assault force on Juno Beach suffered 1,074 casualties, including 369 killed on the beach and in the countryside on the first day of the invasion. Near Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France. 6 June 1944. Image taken by Dennis Sullivan.

Two young German POWs are searched after being captured by British troops during the Battle of Normandy. Both young soldiers claimed to be Polish and had Polish Army badges stuck in the fronts of their field caps. While some Poles did volunteer for service or were conscripted into the German Wehrmacht, it is more likely that the two Germans kept the badges as souvenirs and then used them in anticipation of better treatment if captured, as it would have been unlikely for any Pole serving in the Wehrmacht to keep (or wear) emblems of the Allied Polish Army. Near Saint-Gabriel-Brécy, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France. 7 June 1944.

An elderly French woman and an American MP paratrooper of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division share a laugh in the war-torn streets of Sainte-Mère-Église following the town’s liberation by Allied forces on D-Day (Operation Neptune). Sainte-Mère-Église was the first town to be liberated following the Allied invasion of France, on 6 June 1944. Sainte-Mère-Église, Manche, Lower Normandy, France. 20 June 1944.

U.S. Army troops of the 2nd Infantry Division march through the liberated village of Colleville-sur-Mer during the Allied invasion of France and the Battle of Normandy. The beach next to the coastal village was one of the principal beachheads during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, designated Omaha Beach. Colleville-sur-Mer, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France. June 1944.