The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion by and the establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II. The largest amphibious invasion to ever take place.
D-Day, the day of the initial assaults, was Tuesday 6 June 1944. Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on that day came from Canada, the Free French forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Most of the above countries also provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The Normandy invasion began with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks and naval bombardments. In the early morning, amphibious landings on five beaches codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah, and Sword began and during the evening the remaining elements of the parachute divisions landed. Land forces used on D-Day deployed from bases along the south coast of England, the most important of these being Portsmouth.
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One of the three Stabskompanie Panzer VI Tigers of s.SS-Pz.Abt.102 moves through a small French village in Normandy, July 1944.
Panzer Lehr Division at Juaye Mondaye in Normandy (8km. south of Bayeux).
SS-Untersturmführer Franz-Josef Kneipp playing guitar with his comrade. He was signal officer in the III./SS-Panzergrenadier Rgt. 25. He was severely wounded on July 8, 1944 near Buron while standing in the turret of a tank and captured by Canadian troops.
A Grenadier from 12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend” lit a cigarette during a pause in the battle. The picture was taken in Normandy front (France) in June 1944 by SS-Kriegsberichter Wilfried Woscidlo.
German infantrymen scan the skies for Allied aircraft in Normandy, (after the invasion) June 1944.
German troops, accepting a drink from a French villager somewhere in Normandy.
Sainte-Mère-Église, Lower Normandy. 8th June 1944.
A group of veteran prisoners captured at Maltot, south west of Caen, Normandy.
A soldier of an SS-Grenadier Panzer division, Normandy, 1944.
German POWs being escorted along one of the Gold area beaches, Normandy. 6 June 1944.
Normandy July 1944.
7th of June 1944.
An abandoned German machine gun, France, June 1944
Knocked out Panther pushed to the side of the road somewhere in Normandy.
The sad remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-4 “3G+DR” of 7.Staffel/NJG 4. The photograph was taken in the summer of 1945 at Reims in France after the Battle of Normandy.
D-day assault map of Normandy and northwest coastal France.
Cotentin Peninsula (Cherbourg peninsula) in Normandy.
Off Color Photos
Three senior German commanders in the Battle against Allied troops in St.-Lô area, Normandy, 16 July 1944. From left to right: General der Fallschirmtruppe Eugen Meindl, SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Paul Hausser, and Generalleutnant Dipl.Ing. Richard Schimpf. Behind Schimpf is SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl-Heinz Boska. In this meeting Meindl told his commander, Hausser, that the German defense position at St.-Lô was untenable any longer due to the superiority of the Allied forces on land and in the air. The next day Hausser forwarded this message to his commander, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel.
Tiger 331 Northern France 1944.
Black and White Photos
The Tiger I’s armour reached up to 120 mm on the mantlet. This tank is assigned to the schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101 operating in northern France in 1944.
Field Marshal von Kluge on the Western front
Max Wünsche(left), Fritz Witt(center), Kurt Meyer(right) at a commanders strategy session on or about 7–14 June 1944 in the vicinity of Caen, France.
A Sd.Kfz. 250/5 leading a column of four 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 in June, 1944.
Panzerwerfer crew prepares to launch battery.
A close-up of the Sd.Kfz. 250/5 and the first 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 in June, 1944.
American sergeant stands guard beside a German-dug tank trap, Normandy, summer 1944.
MG-34 at the firing position during operation Allied Normandy (Operation ‘Overlord’).
German officers in a Schwimmwagen in France in 1944.
Schwimmwagen from the December 1944 issue of the Intelligence Bulletin.
Hauptmann der Reserve Walter Scherf, the commander of 3.Kompanie / schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503, in his Tiger tank in Normandy, 1944.