D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Medics attend to wounded soldiers on Utah Beach in France during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

6 June 1944 - The Normandy Invasion - Medics attend to wounded soldiers on Utah Beach in France during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day

U.S. reinforcements wade through the surf as they land at Normandy in the days following the Allies' June 1944, D-Day invasion of occupied France. (AP)

D-Day Anniversary Marked With Release Of Rare Color Photos

'Into the Jaws of Death...' - U.S. Soldiers Landing at Normandy on D Day

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Soldiers wade through surf and Nazi gunfire to secure a beachhead during the Allied Invasion, June www.mil/d-day

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Soldiers move onto Omaha Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

Going ashore on Utah Beach, D-Day - 1944 Carrying a full equipment, American assault troops move onto Utah Beach on the northern coast of France. Landing craft, in the background, jams the harbor. 6 June U.

29th Infantry division - Bing Images

A Veteran With a Heart/Short Story for Veteran's Day

Operation Overlord ~ Invasion of Normandy aka D Day: remembering family members today and thanking all our military men & women who are defending our Freedom.

~~71 years ago today, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious invasion to date, and created a foothold in Europe. The key to winning? Careful planning and training. And while the invasion was a success, it was a risky gamble that could have gone disastrously wrong.~~

D-Day Could Easily Have Been An Epic Disaster

Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops on the morning of June 1944 (D-Day) at Omaha Beach.

D-Day in pictures - A selection of pictures to aid your teaching of D-Day

20 Powerful D-Day Photos On The 70th Anniversary Of The Invasion

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June www.mil/d-day. World War II

D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion 70 years ago.

D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion 70 years ago.

70 years ago today: Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, supported by more than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft. In an effort to prevent friendly fire during the D-Day invasion, each aircraft bore black and white invasion stripes like the ones pictured on these Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. Learn more on our blog about this tactic and its effectiveness. Image Caption: Lockheed P-38 Lightnings painted with invasion stripes.

“Allied aircraft were painted with "invasion stripes," as the D-Day invasion began 72 years ago today.

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. The spirit of the American Soldier: this beachhead is secure. Fellow Soldiers erected this monument to an American Soldier somewhere on the shell-blasted coast of Normandy. www.army.mil/d-day

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. The spirit of the American Soldier: this beachhead is secure. Fellow Soldiers erected this monument to an American Soldier somewhere on the shell-blasted coast of Normandy.

U.S. troops wading to Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6-8, 1944. World War II

U.S. troops wading to Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6-8, 1944. World War II

D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Members of a landing party help injured Soldiers to safety on Utah Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk by enemy action off the coast of France. These survivors reached Omaha Beach by using a life raft.

The ships, planes, vehicles and troops needed to launch the D-Day invasion

D-Day: How was the biggest ever seaborne invasion launched?

The ships, planes, vehicles and troops needed to launch the D-Day invasion

Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.

Today marks the anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Thanks going out to all World War II soldiers whether you were in Normandy or not!

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