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"Unforgettable Moments of Operation: From D-Day to Modern Warfare" D-Day Map 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach

D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach
British and Canadian 3rd Division troops land at Juno Beach. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an

Background imageOperation Collection: Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine

Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine
Two Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine, a seven-day campaign during Scout Job Week. Their first customer was an actress, Caroline Munro

Background imageOperation Collection: D-DAY MAP 1944

D-DAY MAP 1944
Plan 1C - Operation Neptune, an elaborate map detailing the proposed D-Day Normandy assault landings by Allied troops on the French beaches. Date: June 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageOperation Collection: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank patrolling outside Basra, Iraq

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank patrolling outside Basra, Iraq
Soldiers of 1 A Squadron, Queens Royal Lancers (QRL) patrolling outside Basra, Iraq onboard a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank during Operation Telic 4

Background imageOperation Collection: The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2

The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2. Note the American soldier in the landing craft holding a metal detector to sweep for landmines. Date: 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: D-Day - Supplies pour ashore

D-Day - Supplies pour ashore
A stunning panorama photograph of a French invasion beach with the channel waters thick with US military shipping, as reinforcements

Background imageOperation Collection: Gliders ready for Operation Market Garden Second World War

Gliders ready for Operation Market Garden Second World War
Photograph showing gliders and men of the Allied Airborne Army, on an airfield somewhere in Britain, September 1944. On 17th September 1944 Operation Market Garden was put into action; a bold plan

Background imageOperation Collection: An RAF Chinook helicopter in silhouette, flying over Afghanistan

An RAF Chinook helicopter in silhouette, flying over Afghanistan
A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter firing flares over Afghanistan. Synonymous with operations in Afghanistan over the last thirteen years, the Chinook Force flew over 41, 000 hours, extracted 13

Background imageOperation Collection: Apache Helicopter Firing Rockets

Apache Helicopter Firing Rockets
An Apache Attack helicopter of the Army Air Corps in Afghanistan fires rockets at insurgents during a patrol in 2008. Designed to hunt and destroy tanks

Background imageOperation Collection: Normandy Invasion 1944

Normandy Invasion 1944
A depiction by C.E.Turner of a scene during the early morning of 6th June 1944 as British forces make an amphibious landing on one of the Normandy beaches during D-Day

Background imageOperation Collection: Operation Mincemeat - naval ID card of Major Martin

Operation Mincemeat - naval ID card of Major Martin
Fake naval identity card of Major William Martin. His body was found washed up on shore in Spain on 30th April 1943 carrying sensitive documents

Background imageOperation Collection: Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2

Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage and a crater in Petherton Road, North London, 2 July 1944. A salvage operation took place, pumping out flooded basements

Background imageOperation Collection: Agricultural Show, Penistone, Sheffield, England

Agricultural Show, Penistone, Sheffield, England
Agricultural Show, Penistone, Sheffield, near Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. Showing the mills in full operation. Date: 1905

Background imageOperation Collection: Trepanation, 14th century artwork

Trepanation, 14th century artwork
Trepanation. 14th century artwork of a doctor using a hammer and scalpel to perform a surgical operation known as trepanation

Background imageOperation Collection: D-Day - Glider reinforcement team

D-Day - Glider reinforcement team
A team of paratroopers amuse themselves whilst awaiting the call to take flight in their glider to back up the initial assault phase on the Normandy coast

Background imageOperation Collection: Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; S

Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; S
Photograph showing a soldier of the British First Airborne Division firing his Sten gun at Germans near Arnhem, Holland, September 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: British First Airborne dug in at Arnhem; Second World War, 1

British First Airborne dug in at Arnhem; Second World War, 1
Photograph showing a unit of the British First Airborne Division, in shallow trenches along a road side near Arnhem, September 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: Nurses Watch Surgery

Nurses Watch Surgery
Nurses watch a surgical demonstration from a balcony

Background imageOperation Collection: Apache Helicopter Takes off from HMS Ocean During Operation Ellamy

Apache Helicopter Takes off from HMS Ocean During Operation Ellamy
An Army Air Corps Apache helicopter takes off from HMS Ocean during Operation Ellamy, the UKs contribution to UNSCR1973 in the Mediterranean Sea

Background imageOperation Collection: Paratroops landing on the outskirts of Arnhem

Paratroops landing on the outskirts of Arnhem
Photograph: Paratroops landing on the outskirts of Arnhem. Taken by Sgt D M Smith, Army Film and Photographic Unit, Arnhem, 17 Sep 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2

Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2
Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, with firefighter and hose

Background imageOperation Collection: Calots spinal surgery, 19th century

Calots spinal surgery, 19th century
Calots spinal surgery, 19th-century artwork. This operation is being carried out by the French surgeon Jean-Francois Calot (1861-1944) on a condition known as Potts disease

Background imageOperation Collection: D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion

D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion
A B-26 Martin Marauder of the 9th Airforce over the Normandy coast, giving air support to the landing craft on the beaches below

Background imageOperation Collection: Major-General R. E. Urquhart in Arnhem; Second World War, 194

Major-General R. E. Urquhart in Arnhem; Second World War, 194
Photograph showing Major-General R.E. Urquhart, Commander of the British First Airborne Division, standing outside his headquarters near Arnhem, the Hartenstein Hotel, September 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: Chloroform / Experiment

Chloroform / Experiment
Hannah Greener, who became the first fatality under chloroform anasethesia during a minor operation to have a toe nail removed

Background imageOperation Collection: Allied Airborne Army Parachutes in Holland; Second World War

Allied Airborne Army Parachutes in Holland; Second World War
Aerial photograph showing parachutes of the Allied Airborne Army floating down to earth and discarded ones, after landing, in Holland, September 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: Horace Wells / Anaesthetic

Horace Wells / Anaesthetic
Horace Wells attempts his first anaesthetised operation in front of a public gallery, but does not administer enough gas & the patient cries out; the crowd jeers him

Background imageOperation Collection: Boy / Hairdressers 1930S

Boy / Hairdressers 1930S
A seat inside a model toy car ensures a boys co-operation at the hairdressers Date: 1930s

Background imageOperation Collection: D-Day - Assault of American troops

D-Day - Assault of American troops
US Assault troops wading ashore. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an amphibious assault by

Background imageOperation Collection: British Sentry keeping watch on Nijmegen Bridge; Second Worl

British Sentry keeping watch on Nijmegen Bridge; Second Worl
Photograph showing aan Irish Guardsman keeping watch on the Bridge at Nijmegen, September 1944. On 17th September 1944 Operation Market Garden was put into action; a bold plan devised by

Background imageOperation Collection: British First Airborne Troops march towards Arnhem; Second W

British First Airborne Troops march towards Arnhem; Second W
Photograph showing men of the British First Airborne Division marching into Arnhem with their guns and equipment, after landing outside the town, September 1944

Background imageOperation Collection: Germans in Russian Town

Germans in Russian Town
German infantry clear a Russian town street by street

Background imageOperation Collection: Saving of Audacious Crew

Saving of Audacious Crew
Audacious, one of the most powerful members of the Allied fleet, is sunk by a German mine. A rescue operation is immediately begun

Background imageOperation Collection: German Tanks Advance

German Tanks Advance
A German tank column, accompanied by infantry, advances into Russia

Background imageOperation Collection: Operating Table 1930S

Operating Table 1930S
A group of student nurses in theatre, observing a surgeon performing an operation

Background imageOperation Collection: Rail Operations Centre

Rail Operations Centre
A British Rail operations and track maintenance centre

Background imageOperation Collection: 18th century surgical equipment

18th century surgical equipment
Bone saw 1, pincers 2, 3, scissors 4, lead mallet 5 and hook for childbirth 6. Copperplate engraving by Robert Benard from Denis Diderots Encyclopedia, Pellet, Geneva, 1779

Background imageOperation Collection: RAF Chinook Creates Dust Cloud Landing in Afghanistan

RAF Chinook Creates Dust Cloud Landing in Afghanistan
A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter comes into land at Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan follwoing a mission. The Chinook is a very capable

Background imageOperation Collection: Nettuno-Anzio Front, Italy, by G. H. Davis

Nettuno-Anzio Front, Italy, by G. H. Davis
The battle of the beachhead -- an airmans view of the terrain. A pictorial map of the Nettuno-Anzio Front, showing roads, with the Alban Hills in the background

Background imageOperation Collection: Operation Mincemeat - site of grave of Major Martin

Operation Mincemeat - site of grave of Major Martin
Site of the grave of Major William Martin in the Nuestra Senora cemetery in Huelva, Spain, whose body was found washed up on shore in Spain on 30th April 1943

Background imageOperation Collection: Operation Mincemeat - gravestone of Major Martin

Operation Mincemeat - gravestone of Major Martin
Gravestone of Major William Martin in the Nuestra Senora cemetery in Huelva, Spain, whose body was found washed up on shore in Spain on 30th April 1943

Background imageOperation Collection: John Laverick, SBS on Crete during Operation Albumen - WWII

John Laverick, SBS on Crete during Operation Albumen - WWII
John Laverick, SBS and famed cook!) preparing a meal on Crete during Operation Albumen. Photograph taken by Colonel David Sutherland of SBS and SAS

Background imageOperation Collection: The Turkish invasion of Cyprus. A British armoured car, draped with the Union Jack

The Turkish invasion of Cyprus. A British armoured car, draped with the Union Jack, helps to guard a refugee convoy as it leaves Nicosia. 22nd July 1974

Background imageOperation Collection: Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle in Afghanistan

Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle in Afghanistan
A Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle is put through its paces at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Foxhound is at the cutting edge of protected patrol vehicle technology

Background imageOperation Collection: Royal Navy Sea King Mk 4 Helicopters from 845 & 846 Naval Air Squadrons in Afghanistan

Royal Navy Sea King Mk 4 Helicopters from 845 & 846 Naval Air Squadrons in Afghanistan
A Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopter is pictured on an operation over Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopters from 845

Background imageOperation Collection: Churchill and Montgomery crossing the Rhine, 1945

Churchill and Montgomery crossing the Rhine, 1945
British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, on the German-held east bank of the Rhine, with Field Marshall Montgomery (in beret) and Field Marshall Brooke (immediately behind Churchill)

Background imageOperation Collection: Scammell pump in Orange Street, London W1, WW2

Scammell pump in Orange Street, London W1, WW2
Scammell 65-gallon pump in operation, supplying water to four hosepipes, at a fire in Orange Street, London W1, 21 September 1942



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"Unforgettable Moments of Operation: From D-Day to Modern Warfare" D-Day Map 1944: Tracing the intricate plans that paved the way for one of history's most pivotal operations. Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine: Witnessing young hearts contributing their efforts towards a greater cause. Juno Beach - British and Canadian troops landing on D-Day: Courageously storming the shores, forever etching their names in history. Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank patrolling outside Basra, Iraq: A symbol of strength and resilience during modern-day operations. Omaha Beach - The relentless landing in France on D-Day: Overcoming adversity with unwavering determination and unity. Supplies pour ashore on D-Day: Highlighting the crucial logistics behind successful military operations. Gliders ready for Operation Market Garden Second World War: Silent heroes soaring through the skies, executing daring missions behind enemy lines. Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; Second World War: Brave warriors fighting against all odds amidst fierce battles during critical moments. The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2: Commemorating the bravery and sacrifice displayed by countless soldiers who stormed the beaches that fateful day. British First Airborne dug in at Arnhem; Second World War, 1): Unyielding resolve as troops hold their ground against overwhelming opposition during intense combat situations. Apache Helicopter Firing Rockets: Showcasing cutting-edge technology deployed to ensure operational success while maintaining air superiority. Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2 : Capturing an iconic image from WWII where firefighters valiantly fought against devastating bombings to protect lives and heritage alike.