Members of the US 4th Infantry Division and some of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, crowd aboard an LCT on the way to Tare Green Sector, Utah Beach, Normandy.
D-Day - June 6th, 1944.
In this photo can be seen a 101st shoulder sleeve badge of the ‘Screaming Eagles’ top left and to the lower right is a 4th Division badge of the ‘Ivy Leaf’ that the censor has tried to disguise.
In June 1944, the decision to drop both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions simultaneously into Normandy reduced the number of available aircraft to tow the gliders for a glider assault. The 327th Glider Infantry Regiment was ordered to land across Utah Beach with the 4th Infantry Division on D-Day. Its mission was to move to Carentan to cut off the fleeing Germans. Although causalities were high, the mission was accomplished and the Regiment moved back to England to prepare for its next mission.
(Colourised by Paul Reynolds)