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Local Identifier: 111-SC-1247, “Trucks which will carry supplies to front line troops when the assault against Hitler’s Europe begins, are being loaded on an LST in a British port.” (US National Archives)

"This week I’m highlighting color photographs taken as the Western Allies prepared for the invasion of Normandy (D-Day)." - via National Archives.

The Ruins of Normandy: Rare Color Photos From France, 1944 | LIFE.com

The Ruins of Normandy: American troops clear wreckage in Saint-Lô, Normandy, 1944

Local Identifier: 111-SC-1237, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.” (US National Archives)

D-DAY - NORMANDY INVASION - American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.

June the 1st 1944. 6.45 pm. Embarking in Portland Harbour.

June the pm. Embarking in Portland Harbour.

June the 1st 1944. 6 pm. Last hot meal ashore...The American Red Cross takes collects the belts and neckties from the youngest fellas. These guys are scared, and it shows. The strongest drink they’ve ever had? Probably a milkshake!

June the 6 pm. Last hot meal ashore.The American Red Cross takes collects the belts and neckties from the youngest fellas. These guys are scared, and it shows. The strongest drink they’ve ever had? Probably a milkshake!

Local Identifier: 111-SC-1214, “Men and equipment are massed together in landing craft in preparation for the big assault on the European continent.  England.” (US National Archives)

Local Identifier: “Men and equipment are massed together in landing craft in preparation for the big assault on the European continent.” (US National Archives)

“American troops load onto LSIs at a port in Britain where barrage balloons have been anchored for protection against strafing and low level bombings.” (US National Archives 111-C-1169)

The Custom house quay Weymouth, Dorset. American troops load onto LSIs where barrage balloons have been anchored for protection against strafing and low level bombings.

U.S. Soldiers march through Weymouth, Dorset, en route to board landing ships for the invasion of France, circa late May or early June 1944.

June The Battalion US Army Rangers march to their landing craft in Weymouth, England. They were tasked with capturing the German heavy coastal defence battery at Pointe du Hoc to the west of the D-Day landing zone of Omaha Beach Then---

Rangers of E Company 5th Ranger Battalion loading for the D-Day landings in Weymouth, England. 1) 1st Sgt. Sandy Martin who was KIA on 6 June, 1944 2) T/5 Joseph J. Markowitz 3) Cpl. John B. Loshiavo and 4) PFC Frank E. Lockwood

Rangers on a troop ship in an English port waiting for the signal to sail to the coast of Normandy. Clockwise, starting from far left, is First Sergeant Sandy Martin, who was killed during the.