British Cromwell tanks assembled for Operation Goodwood, the attempted breakout from the D Day beachhead in July 1944. The operation was a tactical failure but a strategic success: the Germans used the bulk of their Armour in Normandy to contain it, leaving little to oppose the US Operation Cobra, which broke out a few days later.
A Cromwell Mk IV of No. 2 Squadron, 2nd (Armoured Reconnaissance) Battalion, Welsh Guards, at Pickering in Yorkshire, 31 March 1944. This photo is often captioned wrongly, stating it was shot everywhere from the desert, to Normandy!