Tanks in Battle of Normandy – Part I in 31 Photographs

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Photographical journey through the Allied and Axis Tanks that have been used during the Battle of Normandy in 1944.

A 6-pdr anti-tank gun crew of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division inspect a knocked-out German Panther tank during Operation 'Epsom', 27 June 1944.

A 6-pdr anti-tank gun crew of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division inspect a knocked-out German Panther tank during Operation ‘Epsom’, 27 June 1944.

Wrecked German transport and knocked out tanks on a road in the Falaise-Argentan area, 21 August 1944.

Wrecked German transport and knocked out tanks on a road in the Falaise-Argentan area, 21 August 1944.

Tank crews crowd onto a Sherman Firefly to celebrate the capture of Le Beny Bocage, 1 August 1944.

Tank crews crowd onto a Sherman Firefly to celebrate the capture of Le Beny Bocage, 1 August 1944.

Soldier of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (4th Canadian Armoured Division) passing a destroyed Canadian tank in St. Lambert sur Dive

Soldier of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (4th Canadian Armoured Division) passing a destroyed Canadian tank in St. Lambert sur Dive.

Priest 105mm self-propelled guns near Lion-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944.

Priest 105mm self-propelled guns near Lion-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944.

Men of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division inspect a knocked-out German Tiger tank during Operation 'Epsom', 28 June 1944.

Men of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division inspect a knocked-out German Tiger tank during Operation ‘Epsom’, 28 June 1944.

Men of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division 'advance' past a knocked-out German Panther tank during Operation 'Epsom', 27 June 1944.

Men of the Durham Light Infantry, 49th (West Riding) Division ‘advance’ past a knocked-out German Panther tank during Operation ‘Epsom’, 27 June 1944.

German remote-controlled tracked vehicle used to deliver a demolition charge, captured by 51st Highland Division troops at Benouville, 27 June 1944.

German remote-controlled tracked vehicle used to deliver a demolition charge, captured by 51st Highland Division troops at Benouville, 27 June 1944.

German PzKpfw VI Tiger tank overturned during the Allied heavy bombing at the beginning of Operation 'Goodwood', July 1944.

German PzKpfw VI Tiger tank overturned during the Allied heavy bombing at the beginning of Operation ‘Goodwood’, July 1944.

French civilians in a pony and trap pass a knocked-out German Panther tank in the Falaise-Argentan area, 22 August 1944.

French civilians in a pony and trap pass a knocked-out German Panther tank in the Falaise-Argentan area, 22 August 1944.

FFI and French civilians with a captured German Wespe ammunition carrier, 30 August 1944.

FFI and French civilians with a captured German Wespe ammunition carrier, 30 August 1944.

Cromwell tanks engage the enemy during the advance towards Aunay-sur-Odon, 31 July - 1 August 1944.

Cromwell tanks engage the enemy during the advance towards Aunay-sur-Odon, 31 July – 1 August 1944.

Churchill tank crews of 31st Tank Brigade with their extensively camouflaged vehicles, 13 July 1944.Churchill tank crews of 31st Tank Brigade with their extensively camouflaged vehicles, 13 July 1944.

An officer inspects a German dummy tank made of wood, 31 July 1944.An officer inspects a German dummy tank made of wood, 31 July 1944.

A wrecked German SdKfz 250 half-track in the village of Christot, 17 June 1944.

A wrecked German SdKfz 250 half-track in the village of Christot, 17 June 1944.

A Stuart and Sherman tanks of 33rd Armoured Brigade during Operation 'Charnwood', the attack on Caen, 8 July 1944.

A Stuart and Sherman tanks of 33rd Armoured Brigade during Operation ‘Charnwood’, the attack on Caen, 8 July 1944.

A Sherman tank passing through Le Beny Bocage, 1 August 1944.

A Sherman tank passing through Le Beny Bocage, 1 August 1944.

A Sherman 'Rhino' variant, modified to cut through the hedgerows of the bocage countryside, Normandy 1944A Sherman ‘Rhino’ variant, modified to cut through the hedgerows of the bocage countryside, Normandy 1944.

A Sherman dozer tank and Crusader AA Mk III of 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry during Operation 'Epsom', 29 June 1944.A Sherman dozer tank and Crusader AA Mk III of 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry during Operation ‘Epsom’, 29 June 1944.

A Sherman Crab flail tank crosses a Bailey bridge over the Orne, as it moves up to the start line for Operation 'Goodwood', 18 July 1944.

A Sherman Crab flail tank crosses a Bailey bridge over the Orne, as it moves up to the start line for Operation ‘Goodwood’, 18 July 1944.

A Sherman ARV towing a German PzKpfw IV tank captured near Cagny, 19 July 1944.

A Sherman ARV towing a German PzKpfw IV tank captured near Cagny, 19 July 1944.

A motorcycle despatch rider passes a knocked-out Sherman tank and behind, a German Panther at Fontenay-le-Pesnel, 27 June 1944.

A motorcycle despatch rider passes a knocked-out Sherman tank and behind, a German Panther at Fontenay-le-Pesnel, 27 June 1944.

A knocked-out Universal carrier in the factory area of Caen, 19 July 1944.

A knocked-out Universal carrier in the factory area of Caen, 19 July 1944.

A knocked-out Sherman tank in the centre of Lingèvres, 20 June 1944.

A knocked-out Sherman tank in the centre of Lingèvres, 20 June 1944.

A knocked-out German PzKpfw IV tank in a hull-down position, 13 July 1944.

A knocked-out German PzKpfw IV tank in a hull-down position, 13 July 1944.

A knocked-out German Panther tank in the centre of Lingèvres, 20 June 1944.

A knocked-out German Panther tank in the centre of Lingèvres, 20 June 1944.

A knocked-out German Panther tank and a dead infantryman in the Falaise pocket, 25 August 1944.

A knocked-out German Panther tank and a dead infantryman in the Falaise pocket, 25 August 1944.

A heavily-camouflaged Sherman Firefly having just crossed a Bailey bridge over the Orne during Operation 'Goodwood', 18 July 1944.

A heavily-camouflaged Sherman Firefly having just crossed a Bailey bridge over the Orne during Operation ‘Goodwood’, 18 July 1944.

A disabled Sherman Crab flail tank of the Westminster Dragoons, 79th Armoured Division, on Sword Beach, 7 June 1944.

A disabled Sherman Crab flail tank of the Westminster Dragoons, 79th Armoured Division, on Sword Beach, 7 June 1944.

A Cromwell ARV towing a captured German PzKpfw IV tank, 6 July 1944.

A Cromwell ARV towing a captured German PzKpfw IV tank, 6 July 1944.

A captured German SdKfz 251 ambulance half-track, 15 June 1944.

A captured German SdKfz 251 ambulance half-track, 15 June 1944.

Credits: Imperial War Museum & U.S. Army

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  1. Robert E Smith on

    Thank you for all these historical photos. I know from some experience that taking photos in war (Vietnam) can be extremely dangerous and between combat photographers and regular individuals. Many died to preserve history or for self history. Thanks again.

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