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In pictures: WW2 archives
The National Archives website
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As the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy's beaches approaches, the National Archives has put a searchable database of war heroes and wartime memories on its website.
Picture of the Normandy beaches during the Allied invasion - courtesy of National Archives
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On 6 June 1944, tens of thousands of Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to begin the long-awaited liberation of Europe.
British commandos carry bicycles as they land on the beaches - courtesy of National Archives
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Some British commandos brought bicycles on the boats to carry them from the D-Day landing sites deeper into France.
DUKWs (amphibious vehicles land in Normandy - courtesy of National Archives
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Servicemen also piloted DUKWs (amphibious vehicles) on to the beaches of northern France.
A field kitchen is towed into a landing craft - courtesy of National Archives
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A field kitchen designed to feed troops after they landed was towed into a landing craft by an American truck ahead of the D-Day operation.
Pluto pipeline inspection on the Isle of Wight - courtesy of National Archives
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The invading forces were supplied with fuel using secret pipelines laid under the English Channel, running from Hampshire via the Isle of Wight and from Dungeness in Kent.
Royal Marines arrive in Granville - courtesy of National Archives
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Members of the Royal Marines 30 Assault Unit were welcomed as they arrived in Granville on 1 July 1944.
German Naval HQ prisoners surrender to Royal Marines 30 Assault Unit on 26 June 1944 - courtesy of National Archives
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Troops from the Royal Marines 30 Assault Unit took charge of German Naval HQ prisoners who surrendered at Octeville near Cherbourg on 26 June 1944.
Allied troops with German 30mm anti-aircraft gun- courtesy of National Archives
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Allied troops inspected a German 30mm anti-aircraft gun seized near the D-Day beaches.
A decoy Spitfire, creating a life-like silhouette from the air - courtesy of National Archives
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Back in Britain, from late 1943 onwards the Army constructed decoys like this model Spitfire to draw enemy attention away from their military hardware.
Barrage balloons at Littlehampton, West Sussex - courtesy of National Archives
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Barrage balloons like these on the south coast at Littlehampton guarded against the threat of enemy invasion from the air.



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