June 13, 2003


The crew of a small British tugboat, the Empire Folk, gather together
on board after unexpectedly taking part in the landing operations
of the Allied Expeditionary Force on the coast of Normandy on D-Day,
June 6, 1944. The Empire Folk, which was engaged in towing work in
an English port in connection with the construction of the Mulberry
prefabricated harbors, had put out to sea to tow a stalled LST back
to England as part of her normal port duties. The crew was unaware
that the landings were in progress when a cruiser hove into sight
and ordered them to tow the LST to France instead. Photo
dated June 7, 1944, taken by Meyer Levin.