September 7, 2014

British XXX Corps Crosses the Seine River at Vernon

After the successful conclusion of the battle for Normandy the Allied armies reached the Seine River. General Horrock’s XXX Corps crossed it at Vernon, a popular Parisian summer resort.

Soldiers lie on the banks of the Seine
1. Infantry soldiers lie on the bank of the Seine giving their comrades 
covering fire during the crossing on August 24, 1944.


Troops carrying a boat
2. Troops carrying a boat in preparation for crossing the Seine on August 24, 1944.

 Soldiers embarking in a boat
3. Soldiers embarking in a boat the Seine.

A bulldozer is ferried across the river
4. A bulldozer is ferried across the river on August 27, 1944.

DUKWs ferrying supplies across the river
5. DUKWs ferrying supplies across the river. The DUKW was a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle.

Royal Engineers repairing part of the pontoon bridge
6. Royal Engineers repairing part of the pontoon bridge damaged by German mortar fire.

An ambulance and infantry crossing the river
7. An ambulance and infantry crossing the river on a Bailey bridge. 
The wrecked bridge on the left was also used.

Infantry makes use of the wrecked road bridge
8. Infantry makes use of the wrecked road bridge.

Pontoon bridges
9. Pontoon bridges.

A Sherman Firefly crossing the river
10. A Sherman Firefly crossing the river on August 30, 1944.

Field Marshal Montgomery
11. Field Marshal Montgomery stands up in his Humber staff car.
He crossed the Seine at Vernon on September 1, 1944.

The crossing at Vernon


Photos attribution
No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons