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75th Anniversary of D-Day — Pieces of History

This year marks 75 years since the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, more commonly known as D-day. Today’s post comes from Megan Huang in the National Archives History Office. On June 6, 1944, in one of the most well-remembered moments of World War II, American, British, and Canadian forces stormed the 50-mile stretch…

via 75th Anniversary of D-Day — Pieces of History

This post originally appeared on the U.S. National Archives’ blog.

I’d highly recommend checking it out for a brief overview and a look at some of the fascinating artifacts from the archives, including a draft of the statement Eisenhower prepared in case the invasion failed.

Thanks for visiting,



14 thoughts on “75th Anniversary of D-Day — Pieces of History”

  1. Anne, thank you so much for sharing this. I find it sad and bothering that so many citizens of this country are ignorant of our history. Such sacrifices go unnoticed while noses and ears are stuck to cell phones or the latest fad/gadget.
    I apologize for “bitching” about this, but we should NEVER FORGET what others have given for our freedom. Thanks again.

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    1. No apology needed, Michael- that’s definitely a soapbox that I could climb up on too 🙂
      It’s been a rough week- school’s ending, and living in a community with a bunch of military my kids are saying goodbye to friends whose parents have new orders, so they might not see them again. It’s hard to see them struggle with this, but I am glad that they’re growing up getting to see that people are still sacrificing for their freedoms.

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  2. My mother often used to talk of the preparations for D-Day that she witnessed in southern England – the lines of tanks and other vehicles along the lanes… I’d like to visit the commemoration in Portsmouth, but the event has been hi-jacked!

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  3. The thing is this came within an eyelash of not working out. Through the decades as I have gone back and studied the war there were several things that could have gone the other way. As westerners many of us are highly critical of the old Soviet Union but the fact is they lost somewhere north of 20 million people. Ultimately they went through a period of one leader after another dying off which lead to them putting Gorbachev in charge. They really didn’t have a choice. Of course in the end the germans wanted no part of the red army. Regardless of what your political beliefs are we don’t have leaders like that anymore.

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    1. It’s a fascinating period to study, isn’t it?
      Uf, yes, the Eastern front was pretty brutal with huge losses of life- and with the poor treatment of Russians in the German camps I suppose it’s no surprise that post D-Day as things started to unravel, German troops were quick to surrender to U.S. or British troops instead!
      I try to steer pretty clear of modern politics (particularly online 🙂 ) though I do think it will be interesting to see a generation from now what they have to say about us.

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      1. I am like you in regards to the political situation today. It is fascinating to say the least. One thing people forget is that back then there wasn’t the technology that there is today. There were these battles that took place but the people back home didn’t know about them for weeks in some occasions. This whole thing about not waking up Hitler really didn’t matter. There was nothing he could have done to stop the invasion. Ironically Patton’s slapping of the soldier turned out to be a benefit to the invasion because the germans were convince Patton would lead the assault. General Bradley wanted Patton sent back home but Eisenhower knew at some point he would need his help.

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