Photo #: 26-G-2420
Normandy Invasion, June 1944
A German "Beetle" remote-controlled miniature tank, photographed on one of the invasion beaches (probably "Utah" Beach) shortly after the initial Normandy landings, June 1944.
These small tracked vehicles, powered by two electric motors and stuffed with high explosives, were designed to attack landing craft as they came ashore.
Note the concrete seawall in the background.
Photograph from the U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
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18 December 2003