A Moment of Calm Between British Soldiers After D-Day
Injured — and still bandaged — here you can see British Army Sgt. G. A. Maynard of Yorkshire as he lights a cigarette for Cpl. Sidney Polls. The photograph was captured in Gosport, after the pair had returned to British soil — both having been wounded during the Allied D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in France.
The Battle of Normandy was known as Operation Overlord. The Normandy Landings themselves — also known as Operation Neptune — took place on 6 June 1944. They remain one of the biggest seaborne invasions in history. Around 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on a 50-mile stretch of coastline, covering five beaches and marking a huge Allied victory and one of the most historic events of modern warfare.
Gosport, Hampshire, England, U.K.
Image taken by Cpt. E. G. Malindine.