Allied Landing Craft and Other Naval Vessels Make Their Way toward the Beach

June 6, 1941 Photograph

As the naval bombardment began, thousands of LCIs (Landing Craft, Infantry), LCTs (Landing Craft, Tank), and other troop transports moved toward the beaches. As the transports came within a few kilometers of the beaches, the LCTs lowered their cargo of LCVPs — known as Higgins boats in honor of their creator — into the sea. Packed inside each boat were upwards of three dozen infantrymen.

Landing craft of all types head through a choppy sea for the invasion beachhead along the coast of Normandy, during the early hours of the Allied landings.