The Invasion of Normandy: Beach Activity
As the fighting moved inland from the invasion beaches, they became hives of activity. Reinforcements arrived across the English Channel from Britain and thousands of tons of supplies came over on transport ships to increase the Allies' might. All was not quiet for the troops on the beaches or the ships awaiting their turns to unload - German warplanes swooped in to bomb and strafe, while German artillery (until it was driven out of range) continued to shell the beaches, making them places of continued danger.
This is the port side of LST 317, which carried troops, equipment and trucks loaded with land mines enroute to Omaha Beach on D-Day +1 (June 7, 1944).
This British tanker came from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
One rested where and whenever one could, because once one entered the crucible of combat, it would be a long time between periods of meaningful sleep.
U.S. Navy ships weren't restricted to transporting U.S. troops and materiel, but also served the British and Canadian forces.
British troops on an LST.
Studies of unidentified Allied naval vessels.