Amazing, Historic Images Of Allied Troops Storming The Beaches Of Normandy On D-Day

All photos were taken on June 6, 1944.

1. American soldiers line up for a briefing prior to receiving their D-Day assignments.

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2. U.S. Army troops march through the streets of an embarkation port on the coast of England, on their way Normandy.

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3. U.S. paratroopers begin boarding for the invasion.

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4. Paratroopers give the thumbs-up from inside a glider that will drop them behind enemy lines, graffiti on the side of the glider says “Angels With Dirty Faces.”

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5. A British soldier gives another thumbs-up as he awaits the invasion.

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6. American troops board a landing craft prior to the launch.

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7. U.S. soldiers boarding Landing Craft Vehicle-Personnel, or LCVP.

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8. Members of a U.S. combat engineer unit march aboard a Landing Ship-Tank, or LST.

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9. Soldiers wait for the landing at Normandy.

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10. A long line of LSTs, each towing a protective barrage balloon, as they leave England for France.

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11. U.S. soldiers in a landing craft.

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12. Bayonets at the ready as the U.S. troops prepare to take their designated strips of the Normandy beach, codenamed “Omaha” and “Utah.”

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13. British and Canadian troops will strike sections of beach codenamed “Sword,” “Juno,” and “Gold.”

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14. The fields of Northern France are littered with gliders as the Douglas C 47s that towed them there leave the area.

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15. 6,939 vessels are deployed for the invasion of Normandy.

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16. Nearly 160,000 troops cross the English Channel, the largest amphibious attack in human history.

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17. D-Day is codenamed “Operation Neptune” and is the landing component of the overall plan to liberate Normandy from Nazi control, codenamed “Operation Overlord.”

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18. Allied troops crouch behind the bulwarks of a landing craft as it nears Omaha Beach.

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19. As the doors of the amphibious vehicles are lowered, the troops face the full force of Hitler’s “Atlantic Wall.”

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20. The Atlantic Wall is a chain of German fortifications which immediately begins pounding Allied Troops with mortars and machine gun fire.

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21. Troops from the 48th Royal Marines storm Juno Beach.

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22. American Infantrymen wade toward the battle.

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23. U.S. assault troops hit Omaha Beach.

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24. A “Rhino” barge unloads cargo.

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25. American troops wade alongside amphibious tanks.

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26. The barrage of German fire takes a heavy toll.

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27. Allied casualties are at least 12,000.

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28. 4,414 are killed.

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29. American medics administer first aid to the wounded on Utah Beach.

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30. American soldiers literally dig in, burrowing holes in the soft sand as they claim a section of the beach.

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31. Canadian troops disembark on Juno Beach with bicycles.

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32. British commandos evade sniper fire as they set out to capture a Nazi gun site.

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33. American troops take a breather before they move further inland.

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34. As do the British troops.

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35. U. S. bomber crews leave their B26 Marauder after returning from a mission to support the D-Day landings.

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