Photo of the Day – 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Photo of the Day – 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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70 years ago today, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the D-Day invasion with 155,000 Allied soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. Six divisions were sent on the first day, June 6, 1944 — three U.S., two British and one Canadian — under cover of a great air and sea bombardment (640 naval ships and 7,500 sorties), in the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation, though chaotic, with 24,000 airborne troops scattered and heavy casualties on the beaches, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and achieved an Allied foothold on the Continent that was gradually expanded.

70 years later, dignified ceremonies honor the courage, and losses on that day.

Normandy Invasion photo by Robert F. Sargent, Chief Photographer’s Mate – US Archives