\ The World War II Photo of the Day


   9.21.2004


ENLARGE THE PHOTO


Ready to Repel the Invasion
Wehrmacht propaganda photo, dated March 14, 1944

A pair of heavily armed German soldiers observe the construction of beach defenses at an unidentifed French port on the English Channel just a few months prior to D-Day. The steam shovel was being used to excavate tank traps and other defensive positions. Note the line of Belgian Gate (Element C) obstacles in the background, as well as the barbed-wire entanglements in the foreground.

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