The photos of Churchill visits British troops in France were taken on 23 July 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day (Henry Aldridge & Son)
Never-before-seen wartime photographs of Winston Churchill offer a fascinating glimpse of the British leader to visit the troops in Normandy shortly after D-Day.
The two photos of Churchill is part of a fascinating album of photos taken by George Lee, who was employed in the Royal Air Force. In the photos, the British prime Minister can be seen with the troops at the Airport of B3, which is only about 3 miles from Gold Beach, one of the five D-Day landing sites.
The photos were taken on 23 July 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day, June 6, 1944. The landings in Normandy remain the largest amphibious assault in history.
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“To be candid photos of Churchill at that time in history is really very unusual,” Henry Aldridge & Son Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Fox News by e-mail. Churchill, who was flown to Normandy by Air Vice Marshal Harry Broadhurst in a captured Fieseler Storch aircraft, made a speech at the airport, and then visited troops in the area with a jeep.
Churchill can be seen with RAF personnel at the Airport B3 in the vicinity of Gold Beach in Normandy (Henry Aldridge & Son)
Lee’s remarkable album contains more than 100 photographs that document his journey on battered Northern Europe from Normandy to Berlin.
In addition to images of destruction, Lee also photos of King George VI and field marshal Montgomery on a visit to RAF Squadrons, 197, 193, 257, and 266 in Belgium on Oct. 13, 1944. The squadrons, who flew Typhoon fighter-bombers, were the missions of Duerne airport, Antwerp, belgium).
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Most of the photos in the archive are handwritten notes on the reverse side, according to Aldridge. Also included is a rare original hand-written document, dated 6 June 1945, relating to the distribution of chocolate for the children of the newly-liberated Belsen concentration camp.
The archive of more than 100 photos with images of the battle-scarred locations in Northern Europe (Henry Aldridge & Son)
In June 1994, newspaper cutting, where Lee declares that he “acted contrary to regulations by a camera among his possessions” is also in the archive of photographs and documents.
The party, which will be auctioned on July 21, has a pre-sale estimate of $5,287 $7,930.
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Churchill is in the news this week in the midst of President Donald Trump’s first visit to the uk since winning the 2016 Presidential election.
The archive also includes photos of field marshal Montgomery visiting British troops in Belgium (Henry Aldridge & Son)
Trump paid tribute to Churchill’s legacy on Friday. During a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Trump note of his tour of Churchill show the night before at Blenheim Palace, the country estate near Oxford, where the wartime leader was born. “It was something very special,” he said.
Trump has long admired Churchill, who coined the term the “special relationship” to describe the AMERICAN-British relations.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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