[June 06, 2014] Seventy years ago today, over 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on a 50-mile stretch of beach at Normandy, France. Assembled was also the largest naval task force ever created with 7,000 vessels and in addition there were 24,000 paratroopers dropped inland. The invasion was a controversial plan fraught with great risk and peril if it should fail.
Now, with the many decades that separate us from World War II, a toll has been exacted on our collective knowledge. We begin early today by honoring those who were part of the invasion force. These 12 photographs are famous and anyone with some knowledge of June 6, has probably seen them.
There are two exceptionally well-made websites dedicated to D-Day. I recommend them both.
Here are some of the best and most famous. Note that the focus is on the beach where the landings took place.
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