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Sword Beach

Sword, commonly known as Sword Beach, was the code name given to one of the five main landing areas along the Normandy coast during the initial assault phase, Operation Neptune, of Operation Overlord; the Allied invasion of German-occupied France that commenced on 6 June 1944. Stretching 8 km from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer the beach was divided into several sectors and each sector divided into beaches; thus the British 3rd Infantry Division, assigned to land on Sword, assaulted a two mile (3 km) stretch of Sword codenamed Queen Sector - Queen Red, White and Green beaches.

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BHC 000833 Beach party on Sword Beach 6 June 1944

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Beach Group and support troops digging in on Queen beach, Sword Area, on the evening of 6 June 1944. 40 x 31 cm (4744 x 3612 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000833 Beach party on Sword Beach 6 June 1944

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BHC 000834 13 18 Royal Hussars 10 June 194

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Sherman tank crew of 'C' Squadron, 13th/18th Royal Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade, rest and write letters home by the side of their vehicle, 10 June 1944. 25 x 23 cm (2927 x 2665 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000834 13 18 Royal Hussars 10 June 194

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BHC 000835 Knocked out German PzKpfw Douet 10 June 1944

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British 7th Armoured Division officers and a Canadian captain inspect a German PzKpfw IV Ausf H tank, one of two knocked out by a 6-pdr anti-tank gun of the 6th Durham Light Infantry, 50th (Northumbrian) ...

BHC 000835 Knocked out German PzKpfw Douet 10 June 1944

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BHC 000836 Soldiers of the DLI at Douet 11 June 1944

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Privates A Jones and Renwick of the Durham Light Infantry operate a radio and keep watch for the enemy, near Douet, 11 June 1944. 38 x 32 cm (4433 x 3760 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000836 Soldiers of the DLI at Douet 11 June 1944

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BHC 000837 Bren gunner from DLI Douet 11 June 1944

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Private W Wheatley of 'A' Company, 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, 50th Division, fires his Bren gun from a ruined house in Douet, near Bayeux, 11 June 1944. 38 x 32 cm (4473 x 3767 pixels @ 300 DPI) ...

BHC 000837 Bren gunner from DLI Douet 11 June 1944

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BHC 000838 Sherman DD Tank in Douet 25 June 1944

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A Sherman DD tank, with flotation screens removed, passing through Douet as engineers work to clear the debris, 25 June 1944. 48 x 32 cm (5641 x 3767 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000838 Sherman DD Tank in Douet 25 June 1944

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BHC 000839 6 Pdr of 50 Div in Lingevres 16 June 1944

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6-pdr anti-tank gun of 50th Division covers a lane in the Lingevres area, 16 June 1944. 37 x 32 cm (4417 x 3767 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000839 6 Pdr of 50 Div in Lingevres 16 June 1944

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BHC 000842 Durham Light Infantry Stretcher Bearers

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A stretcher bearer of the Durham Light Infantry, 50th Division, attends to German wounded near Lingevres, 13 June 1944. 40 x 30 cm (4760 x 3588 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000842 Durham Light Infantry Stretcher Bearers

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BHC 000857 3rd Infantry Division on Sword Beach

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Troops of 3rd Infantry Division on Queen Red beach, Sword area, circa 0845 hrs, 6 June 1944. In the foreground are sappers of 84 Field Company Royal Engineers, part of No.5 Beach Group, identified by the ...

BHC 000857 3rd Infantry Division on Sword Beach

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BHC 000866 German gun emplacement

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A knocked-out German gun emplacement, showing graphic evidence of dozens of shell hits, now in use by a Royal Navy beach party, on Sword Beach between Lion-sur-Mer and Ouistreham, 4 July 1944. 40 x 29 ...

BHC 000866 German gun emplacement

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BHC 000867 M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer

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An M10 Wolverine 3-inch self-propelled gun of 20th Anti-Tank Regiment on Queen Red beach, Sword area, 6 June 1944 40 x 29 cm (4745 x 3433 pixels @ 300 DPI)

BHC 000867 M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer

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BHC 000868 3rd Division troops on Sword beach

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3rd Division troops sheltering behind Universal Carriers (one with a towed 6-pdr AT gun) on Queen beach, Sword area, 6 June 1944. An M10 Wolverine 3-in self-propelled gun and a Bofors anti-aircraft gun ...

BHC 000868 3rd Division troops on Sword beach

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BHC 000999 A Royal Artillery command post Sword

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A Royal Artillery command post, probably from a 105mm SP M7 Priest Field Regiment, near Hermanville-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944. The Sherman OP (observation post) tank in the background has a small 'GD' tactical ...

BHC 000999 A Royal Artillery command post Sword

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BHC 001051 Troops of No.46 RM Commando and a Centaur Mark IV CS

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Troops of No.46 Royal Marine Commando and a Centaur Mark IV CS (Close Support, armed with a 95 mm howitzer) of 4 Battery, 2 Royal Marine Armoured Support Regiment with local people in rue de la Mer in ...

BHC 001051 Troops of No.46 RM Commando and a Centaur Mark IV CS

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BHC 001052 destroyed German Panther in Bretteville

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Photo taken 8th June after the abortive 12th SS Panzer Div’s attack on the Canadians at Bretteville. It shows a tanks from the 1st Company, 12th SS Panzer Regiment, after being destroyed by an anti-tank ...

BHC 001052 destroyed German Panther in Bretteville

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BHC 001065 Queen White Beach Sword area

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Army and Navy Beach Group personnel at Exit 14, QUEEN WHITE Beach, SWORD Area, on 7 June 1944.The shelter on the left has been dug under an abandoned Small Box Girder assault bridge which it uses as a ...

BHC 001065 Queen White Beach Sword area

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BHC 001084 Men of 2 Middlesex watch German prisoners

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Men of 2 Middlesex, 3 British Infantry Division watch German prisoners being led to the beach on a road near Hermanville around noon, 6 June 1944.The large tracked vehicle is an M7 105 mm Self Propelled ...

BHC 001084 Men of 2 Middlesex watch German prisoners

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BHC 001085 3 British Infantry Div

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Men of 3 British Infantry Division watch the arrival of 6 Airlanding Brigade, 6 Airborne Division, from a field near Hermanville, SWORD Area, on the evening of 6 June 1944.On the left is an M7 105 mm Self ...

BHC 001085 3 British Infantry Div

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BHC 002600 Commandos on Sword

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Commandos wait for orders on Sword beach.The man looking at the camera is Sgt John Wilson 41 Commando & my thanks go out to his Daughter and Grandaughter for identifying this serviceman for us.

BHC 002600 Commandos on Sword

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BHC 002601 Queen Red

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A Landing Craft Infantry (Small) appraoches Queen Red Beach to the left of strongpoint Cod

BHC 002601 Queen Red

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