Code named Operation Overlord, the D-Day Invasion occurred on June 6, 1944, as elements of five Allied infantry and three Allied airborne divisions assaulted the Normandy coast of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Under the overall command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the landings on Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and Omaha beaches succeeded in establishing a foothold on the continent. Following an arduous campaign in Normandy and savage fighting across the German frontier, troops of the Western Allies met the Soviet Red Army, advancing from the East, and Nazi Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945.
General George C. Marshall shaped the wartime U.S. Army and advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt throughout World War II. More »
Operation Cartwheel isolated the Japanese bastion at Rabaul and paved the way for General Douglas MacArthur’s return to the Philippines. More »
The British Prosper spy network was destroyed, but the British themselves may have facilitated the tragedy to conceal plans for the D-Day invasion. More »
Pearl Cornioley spent a year in occupied France, leading resistance fighters against the Germans. More »
John Singlaub served as a covert operative in Europe and the Pacific. Below is Bob Bergin’s interview with Singlaub, first published in 2008. More »
Corporal Bill Bowser of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment fought throughout the European campaign with the 101st Airborne Division. More »
The 1st SS Panzer Division fought for its life to escape the closing Falaise Pocket during the weeks after the D-day Invasion. More »
An American infantry sergeant survived three days behind enemy lines during the opening chapter of the Battle of the Bulge.
Continued French meddling in Mexico almost led to a post-Civil War confrontation with the United States.