June 6, 1944: D-Day
68 years ago today, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Over 160,000 Allied troops and 30,000 vehicles landed along a 50-mile stretch of fortified French coastline and begin fighting on the beaches of Normandy.
Read a few letters written by American soldiers in Europe after D-Day.
Photo: National Archives
General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the day: “full victory - nothing else” to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.