June 6, 2020, marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day. On this day, after being ousted from Europe in 1939, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.
If you’re rusty on the events of D-Day, I highly recommend checking out this link to a slideshow prepared by the U.S. National Archives last year. It’s an excellent, succinct overview.
Below are a few of the images I shared last year for the 75th anniversary, along with a few new ones. I hope you’ll take time with me today to recall all of those who served and sacrificed in the name of freedom—and to work to carry their legacy forward today.
“ Original caption: American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Note Barrage balloons in the background.” Image and caption courtesy of the U.S. National Archives For more color images, visit the National Archives slideshow here.
“Original caption: These American troops have loaded their equipment onto an LCT and are waiting the signal for the assault against the Continent.” Image and caption courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: “General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the day, “Full victory–nothing else,” to paratroopers somewhere in England just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault of the invasion of the continent of Europe.” Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress
Original caption: “See You in Berlin. Resolute faces of paratroopers just before they took off for the initial assault of D– Day. Paratrooper in foreground has just read Gen. Eisenhower’s message of good luck and clasps his bazooka in determination. Note Eisenhower’s D– Day order in hands of paratrooper in foreground.” Courtesy U.S. National Archives
“Captain Sir Harold Campbell RN and Commander A Kimmins RN watch the progress of the landing of 50th Division from HMS BULOLO, headquarters ship of Assault Force G, 6 June 1944.” Caption and photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.
Original Caption: “French Coast Dead Ahead- Helmeted Yankee soldiers crouch, tightly packed, behind the bulwarks of a Coast Guard landing barge in the historic sweep across the English Channel to the shores of Normandy. Minutes later, they dashed up the beach under fire from the Nazi defenders. These Coast Guard barges rode back and forth through D– Day bringing wave of reinforcements to the beachhead.” Courtesy U.S. National Archives
A “Bird’s-Eye-View” of D-Day. Courtesy of the Library of Congress
U.S. troops disembark from a Coast Guard landing craft. Courtesy of the National Archives
D-Day was successful because of people besides the combat troops. “Private First Class Warren Capers recommended for Silver Star. With other members of his medical detachment, Private Capers set up a dressing station and aided over 330 soldiers on a beachhead on D-Day.” Photo and caption courtesy of the U.S. National Archives.
Original Caption: “The beachhead is secure, but the price was high.” Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives