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Pre Embarkation

The D Day build up was enormous and has given rise to some iconic images. This database shows some of those images and attempts to convey the enormity and gravity of the operation.

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BHC 000526 British Landing Craft Weymouth

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British Landing Craft Crews (ACL-521 and ABI-1377) who were responsible for boarding US Rangers in Weymouth. Weymouth Beach can be clearly seen in the background.

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BHC 000527 British Landing Craft Weymouth

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British Landing Craft Crews (ACL-521 and ABI-1377) who were responsible for boarding US Rangers in Weymouth. Weymouth Beach can be clearly seen in the background.

BHC 000527 British Landing Craft Weymouth

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BHC 000528 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Port of Weymouth, boarding ships at the beginning of June 1944 in preparation for Operation Overlord. The main focus of this photo is the barrage balloon in the front of the photo. Landng craft LCI (L) ...

BHC 000528 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000529 American troops pre-embarkation

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An exercise in an unknown location. American soldiers of B Troop, 17th Cavalry Squadron (Mechanized) of the U.S. XX Corps.

BHC 000529 American troops pre-embarkation

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BHC 000530 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth Harbour in early June 1944 in preparation Operation Overlord. In front of LCAs are US Rangers in LCI (L) 497, 84 and LCH-87On the dock a member of the Signal Corps with his camera ...

BHC 000530 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000531 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth Harbour in early June 1944 in preparation Operation Overlord. In front of LCAs are US Rangers in LCI (L) 497, 84 and LCH-87On the dock a member of the Signal Corps with his camera ...

BHC 000531 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000532 Weymouth pre-embarkation US Rangers

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Rangers stop one last time before departure for doughnuts and coffee distributed by the Red Cross. The Rangers embarked on June 1 and remained on their British ships for five days for safety reasons. The ...

BHC 000532 Weymouth pre-embarkation US Rangers

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BHC 000533 Weymouth pre-embarkation US Rangers

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Rangers stop one last time before departure for doughnuts and coffee distributed by the Red Cross. The Rangers embarked on June 1 and remained on their British ships for five days for safety reasons. The ...

BHC 000533 Weymouth pre-embarkation US Rangers

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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 ...

BHC 000535 Pre-embarkation

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BHC 000536 Pre-embarkation

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Somewhere in England (exact location not known) US troops prepare to board their ships in June 1944 in preparation for Operation Overlord.Gunners of the 32nd Field Artillery Bn, B Co left (Dodge) and C ...

BHC 000536 Pre-embarkation

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BHC 000540 US Rangers Weymouth pre-embarkation

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In this photo of ACL-1377 taken in Weymouth Harbour we can see the frontal armor. The Ranger badge is visible on the shoulder of one of the men which indicates that this is one of the series devoted to ...

BHC 000540 US Rangers Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000541 US Rangers Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Rangers of Co. E, 5th Ranger Battalion on board a LCA at Weymouth. Left to right: T / 5 Joseph J. Markowitz (ASN 32534313), Robert Presutti, Cpl. John B. Loshiavo. All of the Rangers carry a gas mask on ...

BHC 000541 US Rangers Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000543 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth harbour just prior to Operation Overlord in early June 1944. Here staff from 5th BSE bound for Omaha Beach are boarding LCVP USS Thurston (AP-77). Weymouth Pavilion can be seen ...

BHC 000543 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000544 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth harbour just prior to OPeration Overlord in early June 1944. Here staff from 5th BSE bound for Omaha Beach are boarding LCVP USS Thurston (AP-77). Weymouth Pavilion can be seen ...

BHC 000544 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000545 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth harbour just prior to Operation Overlord in early June 1944. Weymouth Pavilion is behind the photographer

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BHC 000546 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Rangers of the 2nd Bn walking on the seafront at Weymouth to join their barges. The Rangers embarked on 1 June 1944 and for five days remained on board their British ships for safety reasons. Here some ...

BHC 000546 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000547 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth harbour just prior to Operation Overlord in early June 1944. Here Rangers are embarking on LCAs at the bottom of the LCI (L) -497, 84 and LCH-87. ACL 883 at the bottom seems ...

BHC 000547 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000548 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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Boarding ships in Weymouth harbour just prior to Operation Overlord in early June 1944. Although the dock is empty of troops in the forground can be seen LCI (L). Weymouth Pavilion is located behind the ...

BHC 000548 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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BHC 000549 Portland Harbour pre-embarkation

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Portland Harbour US troops board shisp in early June 1944 in preparation for Operation Overlord. In the background LST-134 loads vehciles attached to the HQ element of US 1st Infantry Division bound for ...

BHC 000549 Portland Harbour pre-embarkation

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BHC 000550 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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In Weymouth Harbour US troops board thier ships prior to embarkation in early June 1944 in preparation for Operation Overlord. In the foreground two U.S. Navy sailors have marked up their jackets. This ...

BHC 000550 Weymouth pre-embarkation

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