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2009-04-25 20:40:33
Source - Wikipedia U.S. troops landing during an exercise near Algiers, North Africa, in April 1944. The landing craft belong to the attack transport USS Cepheus (AKA-18), which was manned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Cepheus was commissioned on 16 December 1943 and put to sea from Staten Island, New York (USA), 27 February 1944, bound in a convoy for Liverpool (UK). The convoy arrived safely 9 March, with its cargo destined for the Normandy invasion. Joining her assigned division in Scottish waters, Cepheus sailed for Oran (French Algeria), where she arrived 6 April to report to the Eighth Amphibious Force. After training exercises along the Algerian coast, she loaded vehicles and troops for the passage to Naples (Italy), where she unloaded 19 June to 23 June 1944. Original text: "From Coast Guard-manned "sea-horse" landing craft, American troops leap forward to storm a North African beach during final amphibious maneuvers. ca. 1944" Source U.S. National Archives www.archives.gov In other words, it was just an exercise.
2009-04-25 20:24:57
"American troops leap forward to storm a North African beach during final amphibious maneuvers 1944." - The war in North Africa ended in May 1943. What were they attacking in 1944? Camels?
2008-09-18 21:21:03
LOL AMERICA!
2008-05-05 00:42:17
The nearest landing craft appears to be boat 5 on the USS Arcturus AKA 18
2008-05-03 08:19:06
great picture.