Veterans

June 6, 2014

Remembering D-Day

D-Day: June 6, 1944, as it happened

Rolling timeline of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, updated hour by hour as events unfolded on the day.

President Obama praises the men who breached ‘Hitler’s wall’ and freed Europe

President Barack Obama led an emotional tribute to the thousands of troops who gave their lives to liberate Western Europe from the Nazis on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, saying they had “shaped the security and well-being of all posterity.”

‘This tiny sliver of land … changed the course of human history’

Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned to the hallowed battleground today to remember how “This tiny sliver of land changed the course of human history.”

‘I look at that beach and I can tell you where each was lying …’

Veterans who risked their lives on the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago have joined world leaders in honoring their fallen comrades. 

‘A battle for life or death is in progress’

It has become known as the Longest Day and entered into history, immortalized in countless books and films. But in the age of 24-hour rolling news, many would find how D-Day was first reported antiquated. 

‘Why the hell I didn’t die there I can’t say’

He was a solemn, silent figure behind the crowds that flocked to Omaha Beach yesterday to watch the re-enactment of the bloodiest battle of D-Day.

Seventy years later, a D-Day veteran believes a guardian angel shielded him from death

As Leo Scheer swam for Omaha Beach from his burning landing craft that morning, he watched a pattern of machine gun bullets splash toward him and stop short.

For each man, a D-Day duty

Herb Wood knew something big was about to happen when he saw a line of low-flying planes in the English sky above him. 

‘If I don’t come home, there’s so much I mean to tell you …’

The heroics of the men who fought valiantly to take Sword, Gold and Juno beaches on D-Day will never be forgotten but the stories of those who died are less well remembered.

‘Hell doesn’t describe those beaches, nurse’

At 11 a.m. on the morning of June 6, 1944, D-Day – a telegram boy in Southampton, England, found himself delivering his first ‘death’ telegram, one of those that read “I regret to inform you … missing presumed dead.”

‘Any fault is mine alone:’ How General Eisenhower planned to take full blame if D-Day had failed

This is the historic speech the free world did not want to hear – and, thankfully, didn’t.

Airline gate attendant serenades World War II veterans

It was a touching moment that brought tears to the eyes of passengers waiting to board their flight to Paris.

A royal salute for the fallen heroes of D-Day

The Queen paid her respects to the 4,500 men who died fighting the Nazis on D-Day, as she joined the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Bayeux in Normandy this morning.

On this day, tides of history turned

D-Day and the invasion of Normandy

On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied troops landed along a heavily fortified, 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the historic operation known as D-Day.




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