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The Invasion Begins, 1944


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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on an original photographic print by the US Signal Corps
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  • Collectible giclée fine art print;
  • Hand-printed in England, with individual embossing;
  • Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity;
  • Guaranteed archival quality for over a century;
  • Each sale directly supports the artisan;
  • Global shipping available;
  • Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing


Taken Thursday 8th June, 1944, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
(US National Archives and Records Administration)

"Taken two days after the initial assault on the 6th June, the Allied Expeditionary Force had gained a valuable beachhead into northern France. Photographed is a US LST ('Landing Ship, Tank'), unloading an M4 Sherman tank of the 66th Armoured Regiment, 2nd Armoured Division. The LST was a ship specially designed to carry tanks, vehicles, troops and other cargo which could deploy straight onto a beach without the use of a dock or pier. Seen in the background right behind the tank are large exhaust stacks, allowing the tank to operate in shallow water.

The chap standing in the foreground is most probably a British Royal Marine Commando of the 4th Special Service Brigade, indicated by the distinctive green beret and the oilskin overcoat. At least two brigades were operating within close proximity of Omaha Beach on the 8th June which accounts for his appearance."

– Jordan J. Lloyd

This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.


"An American tank moves from the gaping jaws of an assault craft onto the beachhead won early on D-Day. A continuous flow of these vehicles supports the land troops moving onto the continent. Omaha Beach, France. Original Field Number: ETO-HQ-44-4804. Photographer: Himes"

Our prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing. Small prints will ship in a stiffened envelope rather than a postal tube.

S (A4) – 21 × 29.7 cm / 8.3 × 11.7 inches
M (A3) – 29.7 × 42 cm / 11.7 × 16.5 inches
L (A2) – 42 × 59.4 cm / 16.5 × 23.4 inches
XXL (A0) – 84.1 × 118.9 cm / 33.1 × 46.8 inches

Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts. More information about our prints can be found here.
‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only. Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.