The Sand Beneath Their Feet

Collecting a vial of sand from Juno Beach.Juno Beach B. sl 8x6

Juno Beach was one of five beaches of the Allied invasion of occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.  The men were met with heavy resistance and several assault companies, notably the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, took heavy casualties in the opening minutes of the first wave.  But when operations on the Anglo-Canadian front were ordered to a halt at 2100 hours, The Queen’s own Rifles of Canada had reached its objective, and the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had succeeded in pushing farther inland than any other landing force on D-Day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath your feet

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