They look surprising upbeat — even playful — considering the gravity of the situation. Here you can see Canadian soldiers of ‘C’ and ‘D’ Company, Highland Light Infantry of Canada in LCI(L) 306 (Landing Craft Infantry). The group was en route to Juno Beach, ready to take to the land during the infamous Allied invasion of Normandy. The piles of bicycles might look odd stuffed onto the ship, but Canadian soldiers were all supplied bicycles to help them get off to the beaches quickly as soon as they landed.

Canadian Soldiers

Near Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Calvados, Normandy, France.

6 June 1944.

Image taken by Gib Milne.

Credit: Anti-Worlds