Damaged US Coast Guard landing craft approaching the beaches in Normandy on D-Day, June 6th, 1944.
Smoke can be seen coming out of the boat, reportedly caused by a soldier’s hand grenade being set off by German machine gun fire!
Despite the eventual success of the landings in Normandy, and despite the fact that Germany initially expected the invasion to take place elsewhere, the allies encountered stern and heroic resistance from the shorthanded German forces.
Book suggestions ⤵️
📖 Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France (James Holland, 2019)
📖 The Germans in Normandy (Richard Hargreaves, 2006)