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British troops advance in the Battle of the Somme, 1916.

World War II: Axis Invasions and the Fall of France

Valentine Duplex Drive 'swimming' tank with screen erected, in the water alongside a landing craft.

Valentine Duplex Drive 'swimming' tank with screen erected, in the water alongside a landing craft.

The USS Laffey, got its nickname as "The Ship That Would Not Die" when it was on picket duty off Okinawa in March 1945. About 50 Japanese planes attacked and about half got through to the Laffey. The ship suffered 103 casualties when it was hit by four bombs and five kamikaze planes. The Laffey is also the only surviving American World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic, where it was part of the D-Day invasion!

The USS Laffey, got its nickname as "The Ship That Would Not Die" when it was on picket duty off Okinawa in March 1945. About 50 Japanese planes attacked and about half got through to the Laffey. The ship suffered 103 casualties when it was hit by four bombs and five kamikaze planes. The Laffey is also the only surviving American World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic, where it was part of the D-Day invasion!

Scene on "Omaha" Beach on the afternoon of "D-Day", 6 June 1944, showing casualties on the beach, a bogged-down "Sherman" tank, several wrecked trucks and German anti-landing obstructions. A LST is beached in the left distance and invasion shipping is off shore.

Scene on "Omaha" Beach on the afternoon of "D-Day", 6 June 1944, showing casualties on the beach, a bogged-down "Sherman" tank, several wrecked trucks and German anti-landing obstructions. A LST is beached in the left distance and invasion shipping is off shore.

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

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