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BHC 000535 Pre-embarkation

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Somewhere in England, exact location unknown, US troops prepare to board their ships at the beginning of June 1944 prior to Operation Overlord. The 105mm howitzer being prepared for the amphibious operation is a part of the 32nd Field Artillery, and bears the names Troina and Oran. The slide and the main elements have been sealed with asbestos paste (from the cubic block at the center of the photo), which will be completely removed before firing. Gunner perched on the barrel wears the insignia of the Big Red One on his helmet.

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