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Normandy Campaign June 6, 1944 July 24, 1944

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

Pre Embarkation

Pre Embarkation

The D Day build up was enormous and has given rise to some iconic images. This database shows some of those images and attempts to convey the enormity and gravity of the operation.
Beach Defences - The Atlantic Wall

Beach Defences - The Atlantic Wall

In spring 1942 Hitler decided to fortify the coasts of Western Europe to prevent an Allied invasion of the continent.   In June 1944 this gigantic fortification line from Norway down to the Spanish ...
The Armada and the Crossing

The Armada and the Crossing

With nearly 5,000 vessels, the invasion fleet deployed on June 6 was an inspiring and impressive sight. An American bomber pilot, looking down at the fleet, observed, We could see the battleships firing ...
Utah Beach

Utah Beach

Utah Beach was the code name for the right flank, or westernmost, of the Allied landing beaches during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, as part of Operation Overlord on 6 June 1944. Utah was added to the ...
Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. Landings here were necessary in order ...
Gold Beach

Gold Beach

Gold Beach was the code name of one of the D-Day landing beaches that Allied forces used to invade German-occupied France on 6 June 1944, during World War II. Gold Beach lay in the area assigned to the ...
Juno Beach

Juno Beach

Juno Beach was one of five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during the Second World War. The sector spanned from Saint-Aubin, a village ...
Sword Beach

Sword Beach

Sword, commonly known as Sword Beach, was the code name given to one of the five main landing areas along the Normandy coast during the initial assault phase, Operation Neptune, of Operation Overlord; ...
Orne Bridgehead

Orne Bridgehead

Operation Deadstick was the codename for an airborne forces operation by the British Army that took place on 6 June 1944 as part of the Normandy landings. The mission's objective was to capture intact ...
Battle of Normandy Photographs in Colour

Battle of Normandy Photographs in Colour

This rare set of colour Second World War photographs are from the pre Normandy invasion and feature preparations in Weymouth, Dorset as well as photographs post 6 June 1944

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