ON THE COVER.
The above photograph of the Allied landings at Normandy, France, on D-Day--June 6,1944--is among the most recognized and widely circulated images of World War II.
Known as "Taxis to Hell--and Back--Into the Jaws of Death," the photograph was captured by Chief Photographer's Mate Robert Sargent of the U.S. Coast Guard during the Normandy landings, which commenced Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Axis-held Western Europe.
The image depicts soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division leaving an LCVP from the attack transport USS Samuel Chase. The men are wading through the ocean surf to reach Omaha Beach, the deadliest of all five Allied landing zones at Normandy.
The LCVP pictured may have been built by the Chris-Craft Corporation in Holland or Cadillac. It is also possible that some of the soldiers pictured are Michiganders, since more than 600,000 men and women from the Great Lakes State served in uniform during the war.
To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day and highlight Michigan's remarkable contributions to World War II, the color image that appears on the cover of this issue of Michigan History is a faithful colorization of Sargent's original black-and-white photograph.
Caption: (Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)
Please Note: Illustration(s) are not available due to copyright restrictions.