The Normandy Invasion: The Story in Pictures The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. SC193082

The Normandy Invasion: The Story in Pictures The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. SC193082

Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) repair and pack parachutes for use by airborne troops during the Normandy invasion, 31 May 1944

Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) repair and pack parachutes for use by airborne troops during the Normandy invasion, 31 May 1944

The heavy weight of command is clearly visible on Eisenhower's face as he observes the Normandy invasion beaches on D+1 aboard the British mine layer Apollo. By this time he had already commanded three other major amphibious assaults—the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Salerno.

The heavy weight of command is clearly visible on Eisenhower's face as he observes the Normandy invasion beaches on D+1 aboard the British mine layer Apollo. By this time he had already commanded three other major amphibious assaults—the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Salerno.

Paratrooper behind enemy lines before Normandy Invasion. As it became increasingly clear to the paras that the “main force” would never arrive, Sgt-Maj. Henry P Rowswell of the 5th Airborne (an avid amateur photographer who brought his Leica along, against regulations) snapped this photo of his apprehensive CO.

Paratrooper behind enemy lines before Normandy Invasion. As it became increasingly clear to the paras that the “main force” would never arrive, Sgt-Maj. Henry P Rowswell of the 5th Airborne (an avid amateur photographer who brought his Leica along, against regulations) snapped this photo of his apprehensive CO.

US infantrymen make their way past a wrecked German truck on the way to Avranches during the Allied invasion of Normandy.

US infantrymen make their way past a wrecked German truck on the way to Avranches during the Allied invasion of Normandy.

Stabswache de Euros: C:IV Normandy Invasion 1944

Stabswache de Euros: C:IV Normandy Invasion 1944

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