Item #007892 A Second World War Official U.S. Navy photograph showing Allied landings in Normandy, France on D-Day, 6 June 1944
A Second World War Official U.S. Navy photograph showing Allied landings in Normandy, France on D-Day, 6 June 1944

A Second World War Official U.S. Navy photograph showing Allied landings in Normandy, France on D-Day, 6 June 1944

Normandy, France: U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1944. Photograph. This is an original Second World War Official U.S. Navy photograph of Allied landings on the beaches at Normandy in France on 6 June 1944. This image, with an armada of ships filing the view to the horizon, conveys a staggering sense of the unprecedented marshalling of personnel and material. Particularly striking are the silver, oval-shaped balloons floating above many of the ships, stretching into the distance. These balloons, known as barrage balloons, provided critical protection to the ships and soldiers below them from attacks by enemy aircraft.

The gelatin silver print measures 10.25 x 8 inches (26 x 20.3 cm). Condition is very good plus, the paper complete and the image clean, with no appreciable fading, toning, or scuffing, and only minor wear confined to the blank white margins. The verso features a four-line ink stamp at the lower left reading “OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTOS | ANTHONY F. WIN | 2439 NORTH FRANCISCO AVE | CHICAGO 47, ILLINOIS”. The image is protected within a clear, archival sleeve.

Operation Overlord commenced on 6 June 1944, when the United States, Britain, and their WWII allies, under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, launched the largest amphibious invasion in history. Allied landings on the beaches at Normandy, France, which came to be known as D-Day, began the campaign that ended with Germany’s unconditional surrender. The Allies celebrated their final victory over Germany less than one year later on V-E Day, 8 May 1945. Item #007892

Price: $200.00

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