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Invasion Collection

"Invasion: A Tapestry of Triumph and Tragedy" From the intricate stitches of the Bayeux Tapestry, a vivid tale unfolds - the Norman Conquest

Background imageInvasion Collection: Bayeaux Tapestry portraying the Norman Conquest

Bayeaux Tapestry portraying the Norman Conquest
Norman invasion of England in 1066 A.D. Color lithograph reproduction of part of the Bayeux tapestry

Background imageInvasion Collection: The filming of Dr Who - Daleks characters across the river from Big Ben

The filming of Dr Who - Daleks characters across the river from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. 1964

Background imageInvasion Collection: Viking longship carrying warriors

Viking longship carrying warriors

Background imageInvasion Collection: D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach

D-Day - British and Canadian troops landing - Juno Beach
British and Canadian 3rd Division troops land at Juno Beach. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an

Background imageInvasion Collection: D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach

D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault

Background imageInvasion Collection: Viking raid under Olaf I

Viking raid under Olaf I
Viking raid along the English Channel led by Olaf Tryggvason, 900s AD. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: D-Day - Supplies pour ashore

D-Day - Supplies pour ashore
A stunning panorama photograph of a French invasion beach with the channel waters thick with US military shipping, as reinforcements

Background imageInvasion Collection: The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2

The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2. Note the American soldier in the landing craft holding a metal detector to sweep for landmines. Date: 1944

Background imageInvasion Collection: Gliders ready for Operation Market Garden Second World War

Gliders ready for Operation Market Garden Second World War
Photograph showing gliders and men of the Allied Airborne Army, on an airfield somewhere in Britain, September 1944. On 17th September 1944 Operation Market Garden was put into action; a bold plan

Background imageInvasion Collection: EVNT2A-00183

EVNT2A-00183
British army burning the White House in 1814 during the War of 1812. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781, 1783. Artist: John Singleton Copley

The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781, 1783. Artist: John Singleton Copley
The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781, 1783. France invaded Jersey on 5 January 1781 and, following the fall of its capital St Helier, the governor surrendered the island

Background imageInvasion Collection: Normandy Invasion 1944

Normandy Invasion 1944
A depiction by C.E.Turner of a scene during the early morning of 6th June 1944 as British forces make an amphibious landing on one of the Normandy beaches during D-Day

Background imageInvasion Collection: Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on San Juan Hill, 1898

Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on San Juan Hill, 1898
Colonel Roosevelt and Rough Riders where they charged over San Juan Hill, Spanish-American War. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a photograph

Background imageInvasion Collection: British First Airborne dug in at Arnhem; Second World War, 1

British First Airborne dug in at Arnhem; Second World War, 1
Photograph showing a unit of the British First Airborne Division, in shallow trenches along a road side near Arnhem, September 1944

Background imageInvasion Collection: EVNT2A-00053

EVNT2A-00053
Marshal Ney bringing the French rear-guard out of Russia with heavy losses, 1812. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th century painting

Background imageInvasion Collection: Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC

Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC
Greeks under Leonidas holding off the Persian invasion at Thermopylae, 480 BC. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: Britains frogmen divers by G. H. Davis

Britains frogmen divers by G. H. Davis
Introducing Britains frog-men: diving wreckers who blasted open a path to the Normandy beaches. These underwater commandos worked off the D-Day beaches

Background imageInvasion Collection: UFOs over statues

UFOs over statues
UFOs over Easter Island statues. Computer artwork of spacecraft (unidentified flying objects, UFOs) hovering over moai statues

Background imageInvasion Collection: Mongol soldiers demonstrating their horsemanship

Mongol soldiers demonstrating their horsemanship
Mongol warriors showing their horsemanship to the Chinese forces of Hung-Wu. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: D-Day - Glider reinforcement team

D-Day - Glider reinforcement team
A team of paratroopers amuse themselves whilst awaiting the call to take flight in their glider to back up the initial assault phase on the Normandy coast

Background imageInvasion Collection: Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; S

Soldier of the British First Airborne in action in Arnhem; S
Photograph showing a soldier of the British First Airborne Division firing his Sten gun at Germans near Arnhem, Holland, September 1944

Background imageInvasion Collection: Remember Belgium Poster

Remember Belgium Poster
A WWI recruitment poster stirring memories of the horrors of the German invasion of Belgium to encourage young men to enlist in the armed forces

Background imageInvasion Collection: TV Programmes Doctor Who Daleks sighted on Westminster Bridge. 1993

TV Programmes Doctor Who Daleks sighted on Westminster Bridge. 1993

Background imageInvasion Collection: Leonidas I (died 480 BC). King of Sparta. Monument in Spart

Leonidas I (died 480 BC). King of Sparta. Monument in Spart
Leonidas I (died 480 BC). Also known as Leonidas the Brave was a Greek hero-king of Sparta, the 17th of the Agiad line King of Sparta[

Background imageInvasion Collection: Sheffield Invasion Committee: Sheffield must be ready... in case of invasion - Don t Panic

Sheffield Invasion Committee: Sheffield must be ready... in case of invasion - Don t Panic
Original at Local Studies MP 1720 L

Background imageInvasion Collection: MEXICO: INDIANS, c1500. P urhepecha (Tarascan) Indians of Michoacan Province, Mexico

MEXICO: INDIANS, c1500. P urhepecha (Tarascan) Indians of Michoacan Province, Mexico, flee their village shortly before the arrival of Spanish conquistadors

Background imageInvasion Collection: Japanese taking Port Arthur, 1894

Japanese taking Port Arthur, 1894
Japanese warships taking Port Arthur, Manchuria, during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894. Printed color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: Spanish Armada, 1588

Spanish Armada, 1588
Defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English navy, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion

D-Day - Bomber giving air support to infantry invasion
A B-26 Martin Marauder of the 9th Airforce over the Normandy coast, giving air support to the landing craft on the beaches below

Background imageInvasion Collection: Major-General R. E. Urquhart in Arnhem; Second World War, 194

Major-General R. E. Urquhart in Arnhem; Second World War, 194
Photograph showing Major-General R.E. Urquhart, Commander of the British First Airborne Division, standing outside his headquarters near Arnhem, the Hartenstein Hotel, September 1944

Background imageInvasion Collection: Great Grey Owl - Standing 27 in tall with a wingspan of 52 inches this is our longest owl

Great Grey Owl - Standing 27 in tall with a wingspan of 52 inches this is our longest owl
JZ-1882 Great Grey Owl - flight Northern Minnesota during one of the largest invasions on record in the winter of 2004/2005

Background imageInvasion Collection: Allied D-Day Commanders

Allied D-Day Commanders
The Allied general staff for the invasion - Air Marshal Tedder, gen. Bradley, Eisenhower, Admiral Ramsay, Leigh-Mallory, Montgomery, lt.gen. Biddle Smith

Background imageInvasion Collection: U. S. Air Force Republic P-47 Thunderbolts flying over Omaha beach during the invasion of

U. S. Air Force Republic P-47 Thunderbolts flying over Omaha beach during the invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944
WORLD WAR II: NORMANDY. U.S. Air Force Republic P-47 Thunderbolts flying over Omaha beach during the invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944. Watercolor by Ogden Pleissner

Background imageInvasion Collection: Allied Airborne Army Parachutes in Holland; Second World War

Allied Airborne Army Parachutes in Holland; Second World War
Aerial photograph showing parachutes of the Allied Airborne Army floating down to earth and discarded ones, after landing, in Holland, September 1944

Background imageInvasion Collection: Bayeux Tapestry Scene - William the Conqueror addresses his troops before leading them into battle

Bayeux Tapestry Scene - William the Conqueror addresses his troops before leading them into battle
A scene from the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman Invasion of 1066. William the Conqueror (c.1027 - 1087) addresses his troops before leading them into battle

Background imageInvasion Collection: Germany and Russia discuss the division of Poland, 1939

Germany and Russia discuss the division of Poland, 1939
Russian Commander Borowenski bends over a map of Poland during discussions between German and Russian officers about the demarcation of the country following the invasion by Germany

Background imageInvasion Collection: British Sentry keeping watch on Nijmegen Bridge; Second Worl

British Sentry keeping watch on Nijmegen Bridge; Second Worl
Photograph showing aan Irish Guardsman keeping watch on the Bridge at Nijmegen, September 1944. On 17th September 1944 Operation Market Garden was put into action; a bold plan devised by

Background imageInvasion Collection: Great Gray Owl in flight - Standing 27 in tall with a wingspan of 52 inches this is our longest owl

Great Gray Owl in flight - Standing 27 in tall with a wingspan of 52 inches this is our longest owl
JZ-1876 Great Grey OWL - in flight Minnesota, USA Strix Nebulosa Standing 27 in tall with a wingspan of 52 inches this is our longest owl

Background imageInvasion Collection: Cartoon Re Finland War

Cartoon Re Finland War
Finland defends itself valiantly against the Soviet invasion

Background imageInvasion Collection: D-Day - Assault of American troops

D-Day - Assault of American troops
US Assault troops wading ashore. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an amphibious assault by

Background imageInvasion Collection: The siege of Paris in 845 by the Vikings with Ragnar Lodbrok at their head

The siege of Paris in 845 by the Vikings with Ragnar Lodbrok at their head
JLJ4641709 The siege of Paris in 845 by the Vikings with Ragnar Lodbrok at their head, Engraving 19th century by Unknown Artist

Background imageInvasion Collection: EVNT2A-00051

EVNT2A-00051
Napoleon and the Old Guard before the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th century painting

Background imageInvasion Collection: Jews crossing the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant

Jews crossing the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant
Hebrews carrying the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: Battle of Manila Bay, 1898

Battle of Manila Bay, 1898
Admiral George Dewey commanding US fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay, Spanish-American War, 1898. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: Alien holding Earth, illustration

Alien holding Earth, illustration
Alien holding Earth, computer illustration

Background imageInvasion Collection: USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942

USA S160 2-8-0 locomotive No. 1606 coupled to an ambulance train, 1942
Once the USA joined the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941 the GWR became involved in the provision of rolling stock for use by the American Army

Background imageInvasion Collection: Marshall Ney during the retreat from Russia, (1812) 1894

Marshall Ney during the retreat from Russia, (1812) 1894
Marshal Ney during the retreat from Russia, (1812) 1894. Napoleon left Michel Ney in command of the rearguard during the epic retreat from the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812

Background imageInvasion Collection: Norman Invasion of England, 1066

Norman Invasion of England, 1066
Taillefer rousing the French army by singing the Song of Roland at the Battle of Hastings, 1066. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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"Invasion: A Tapestry of Triumph and Tragedy" From the intricate stitches of the Bayeux Tapestry, a vivid tale unfolds - the Norman Conquest, an audacious invasion that forever altered history. Deception became their weapon as they cunningly deceived the invader about the state of the tide, leading to a decisive victory. Centuries later, on Juno Beach during D-Day, British and Canadian troops landed with unwavering determination. The sands trembled beneath their boots as they embarked on a perilous mission to liberate France. Omaha Beach witnessed another chapter in this epic struggle; soldiers braved relentless gunfire while landing ashore, fighting for every inch gained. Amidst chaos and uncertainty, supplies poured onto foreign shores during D-Day's onslaught. These vital lifelines sustained courageous soldiers who fought valiantly against all odds. Gliders stood ready for Operation Market Garden in World War II - silent sentinels poised to deliver hope amidst enemy lines. In 1898, Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charged up San Juan Hill with indomitable spirit. Their fearless assault marked an iconic moment in American military history - an invasion fueled by patriotism and bravery. Across continents and time periods alike, warriors have etched tales of valor into our collective memory. In Arnhem's fierce battlegrounds during World War II, British First Airborne soldiers engaged in intense combat without falter or retreat. The Normandy Landings stand tall among these legendary invasions; on June 6th, 1944, waves upon waves of Allied forces stormed enemy-held beaches with unyielding resolve. This pivotal event turned the tide of war towards liberation and freedom. Yet even further back in time echoes another story: Viking longships carrying fearsome warriors across treacherous seas to conquer new lands - invaders leaving an indelible mark on history's tapestry.