On this day in history – June 6, 1944 – with the approval of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe – Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history began. Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and the forever famous Omaha – the beaches of Normandy. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.
The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001).
Read an account of the D-Day invasion at the HistoryChannel.com here.