When we think of military vehicles, bicycles might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the Canadian Army issued them to their soldiers for Operation Neptune on June 6, 1944, to allow soldiers a quick escape from the beaches and easier transport during the Battle of Normandy. Here you can see Canadian Army Private R.O. Potter of The Highland Light Infantry of Canada in Normandy, repairing a flat tire after the D-Day landing. Though he looks lighthearted, his firearm is close at hand, reminding us of the brutal context of the photograph.
Normandy, France. 20 June 1944.
Credit: Anti Worlds