With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings for the invasion of WWII France just two weeks away, I thought I would show these off.
Earlier this year I was very pleased to be able to secure the final DUI to complete this trinity of Distinctive Unit Insignia for the independent Tank Battalions that were the spearhead of American forces for the primary assault wave of the Normandy beaches on the 6th June 1944.
Left to Right:
70th Tank Battalion - hallmarked NS Meyer Inc. New York (raised / WWII version) - landed on UTAH beach in support of the 4th Infantry Division
743rd Tank Battalion - hallmarked AH Dondero Inc. Wash.D.C. Sterling (raised) - landed on the western side of OMAHA beach in support of the 29th Infantry Division and the Rangers
741st Tank Battalion - hallmarked Sterling (incised) - landed on the eastern side of OMAHA beach in support of the 1st Infantry Division famously loosing the majority of their Duplex Drive (DD) tanks at sea when they were launched from their landing craft in exceedingly rough conditions
All three Tank Battalions would go on to see combat throughout the various campaigns across North West Europe until the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.