Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Color Photos of England Before The Launching of The D-Day, 1944

Oxford Street in London shortly before the launching of the D-Day invasion of France during WWII.

Old village water pump during WWII.

Pair of American servicemen walking w. civilian woman in a bucolic park during WWII.

African American soldier piling up gas cans in preparation for the upcoming D-Day invasion of France.

Pair of English Land Army girls taking a drink from a roadside well during WWII.

British and American flags flying from building as US Army band leads procession to Holy Trinity Church during birthday celebrations honoring William Shakespeare.

American infantrymen marching in an unident. park in England shortly before D-Day.

Pastoral riverside scene along the Thames.

Small gas station during WWII (note pair of soldiers, L)

American soldier eating his dinner atop ammunition stockpiled for the impending D-Day invasion of France.

Woman pilot taking pair of soldiers punting on the River Avon.

US Army band leading a procession during birthday celebrations honoring William Shakespeare.

Vacant lot, former site of a building on Wimpole Street bombed out during the Blitz.

Small flower market (note American soldiers walking in background, L) during WWII.

American combat engineer soldiers eating meals atop boxes of ammunition being stockpiled for the impending D-Day invasion of France.

People relaxing in Hyde Park during WWII.

Cyclists crossing suspension bridge past unident. church during WWII.

Road leading out of village of Hambledon during WWII.

Vapor trails from RAF planes in the skies over England recall the convolutions of British & German pilots fighting air duels throughout the summer of 1940 during the Battle of Britain.

School children arriving at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater during the Shakespeare Festival.

Boaters punting on the Thames River.

Procession of townspeople led by the Lord Mayor (W. gold chains) during birthday celebrations honoring William Shakespeare

Ammunition stockpiled in the town square for the impending D-Day invasion of France.

American soldiers & a group of English school children sitting on bridge over the Thames River.

American infantrymen taking breather during a march in an unident. park shortly before D-Day.

Ammunition stored in the town square shortly before D-Day.

Roadside tents awaiting soldier occupants shortly before the D-Day invasion of France during WWII.

Policeman directing traffic during birthday celebrations honoring William Shakespeare.

(Photos by Frank Scherschel, via LIFE photo archive)

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