Rolling timeline of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, updated hour by hour as events unfolded on the day.
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.”
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.”
Veterans who risked their lives on the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago have joined world leaders in honoring their fallen comrades.
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.
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.
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.
Herb Wood knew something big was about to happen when he saw a line of low-flying planes in the English sky above him.
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.
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.”
This is the historic speech the free world did not want to hear – and, thankfully, didn’t.
It was a touching moment that brought tears to the eyes of passengers waiting to board their flight to Paris.
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 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.