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D Day

The Normandy landings on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 was the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Continental Europe.

More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard invasion in Europe, to defeat German troops.
Photograph of American Troops Marching through the Streets of a British Port Town on Their Way to the Docks in Preparation for the Normandy Invasion
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A hand-sketched illustration by Olin Dows. Artwork: Refugee's Rest,"Normandy, France, 1944.  Catalog Number:  4.220.46.  US Army Art Collection

A hand-sketched illustration by Olin Dows. Artwork: Refugee's Rest,"No...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A view of the Normandy American Cemetery. The cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach, one of the beaches used by Allied forces for the invasion of France during World War II

A view of the Normandy American Cemetery. The cemetery overlooks Omaha...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Perry Heimer Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Representatives of the U.S. Army divisions that took part in the Allied invasion of France carry their units' colors into the amphitheater at the Normandy American Cemetery during an official wreath-laying ceremony held to mark the 45th anniversary of the Allied invasion

Representatives of the U.S. Army divisions that took part in the Allie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Perry J. Heimer Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Cherbourg Basin". France, 1944. Artist: Albert Gold. Catalog Number: W.5.338.45

Artwork: "Cherbourg Basin". France, 1944. Artist: Albert Gold. Catalog...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Pillbox Near the 'Gare Maritime'". Artist: Albert Gold, Cherbourg, France, 1944. Catalog Number: W.5.336.45

Artwork: "Pillbox Near the 'Gare Maritime'". Artist: Albert Gold, Cher...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Falaise Gap". Artist: Harrison Standley, France, 1944. Catalog Number: W.4.276.46

Artwork: "Falaise Gap". Artist: Harrison Standley, France, 1944. Catal...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Hospital Bound". Artist: Lawrence Beall Smith, England, 1944. Catalog Number: D.13.158.45

Artwork: "Hospital Bound". Artist: Lawrence Beall Smith, England, 1944...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Exit from Omaha Beach". Artist: Harrison Standley, Normandy, France, 1944. Catalog Number: D.4.282.46

Artwork: "Exit from Omaha Beach". Artist: Harrison Standley, Normandy,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Damaged Hangar and German Bomber from a Raid on Mourmelon, France, 1944". Artist: Arthur Rothenberg, US Air Force Art Collection

Artwork: "Damaged Hangar and German Bomber from a Raid on Mourmelon, F...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An aerial view showing the Normandy American Cemetery located in Normandy, France, with a portion of the coastline designated OMAHA BEACH during World War II (WW II). visible in the background

An aerial view showing the Normandy American Cemetery located in Norma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Normandy American Cemetery State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Colette M. Horton, USAF Release Status: Released to... more

Tombstone of US Army (USA) First Lieutenant (1LT) Robert F. Bickhart, from Minnesota, 165th Signal PHOTO Company, killed in action (KIA) August 25, 1944, during World War II is buried in the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer above Omaha Beach, France (FRA)

Tombstone of US Army (USA) First Lieutenant (1LT) Robert F. Bickhart, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: St Mere Eglise State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Steven Czyz, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mi... more

Latin Cross and Star of David markers of more than 9,000 Americans killed in the Normandy, France (FRA), region during World War II (WWII) were laid to rest in the American Cemetery in the village of Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach. Among those buried are more than 300 unknown Soldiers

Latin Cross and Star of David markers of more than 9,000 Americans kil...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Marie Cassetty, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

Latin Cross marker of Brigadier General (BGEN) Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the eldest son of former US President Theodore Roosevelt, accompanied the first wave of troops landing at Utah Beach, France (FRA), on D-Day, June 6, 1944. More than 9,000 Americans killed in Normandy during World War II (WWII) were laid to rest in the American Cemetery in the village of Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach. Among those buried are more than 300 unknown Soldiers

Latin Cross marker of Brigadier General (BGEN) Theodore Roosevelt, Jr....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Marie Cassetty, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

The church of St. Mere Eglise, France, still has a mannequin hanging off its steeple, commemorating US Army (USA) Private (PVT) John M. Steele, paratrooper, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division (ABN DIV), whose parachute was caught on the church during the airdrops very early on June 6th 1944

The church of St. Mere Eglise, France, still has a mannequin hanging o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Saint Mere Eglise State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Steven Czyz, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined... more

Todays peace and tranquility of Utah Beach belies the Pandemonium of June 6, 1944, when more than 3,000 US Soldiers died taking the beach 60 years ago. The American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, containing the graves of more than 9,000 Soldiers, overlooks Omaha Beach

Todays peace and tranquility of Utah Beach belies the Pandemonium of J...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Colleville Sur Mer State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Steven Czyz, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combine... more

US Army (USA) SPECIALIST Fourth Class (SPC) Ryan Hildebran, 529th Military Police Company (MP CO), Heidelberg, Germany (DEU), walks through the American Cemetery during the 60th Anniversary of D-Day viewing the Latin Cross markers of American servicemen killed during World War II (WWII). The cemetery is in the village of Colleville-sur-Mer, France (FRA), overlooking Omaha Beach

US Army (USA) SPECIALIST Fourth Class (SPC) Ryan Hildebran, 529th Mili...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Marie Cassetty, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

The Latin Cross marker of US Army (USA) First Lieutenant (1LT) Robert F. Bickhart, from Minnesota, 165th Signal PHOTO Company, killed in action (KIA) August 25, 1944, during World War II (WWII) along with more than 9,000 Americans killed in the Normandy, France, region. They were laid to rest in the American Cemetery in the village of Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach. Among those buried are more than 300 unknown Soldiers

The Latin Cross marker of US Army (USA) First Lieutenant (1LT) Robert ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Marie Cassetty, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

The sun rises over the American Military Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, France (FRA), above the Omaha Beach section of Normandy, 60 years after the D-Day invasions of World War II (WWII)

The sun rises over the American Military Cemetery at Colleville sur Me...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Timothy Cook, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

The sun rises over the Omaha Beach section of Normandy, France (FRA), as it did exactly 60 years ago during the D-Day invasions of World War II (WWII)

The sun rises over the Omaha Beach section of Normandy, France (FRA), ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Timothy Cook, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

D-Day veteran US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (Ret) Wayne Chase, 15th Troop Carrier Squadron (TCS), pauses to reflect at the grave of an unknown Soldier in Normandy American Cemetery OMAHA Beach. France (FRA), after a D-Day ceremony. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Normandy invasion during World War II (WWII)

D-Day veteran US Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (Ret) Wayne...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: American Cemetery, Omaha Beach State: Normandy Country: France (FRA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Wayne Clark, USAF Release Status: Released to P... more