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.
Complex weather patterns and varied Allied forecasting techniques posed challenges that were overcome prior to D-Day. More »
The adventures of a British Intelligence officer during World War II fueled the creation of the mythical spy James Bond. More »
The six-pounder was the first British antitank gun that could reliably pierce the armor of German panzers. More »
Corporal M2, America’s first nuclear guided missile, played a key role in the development of post-WWII tactical nuclear weapons. More »
Reginald Alexander, original member of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, recounts experiences from Curahee to Carentan. More »
In late 1944, Japan began the massive production of ‘fire balloons’ capable of attacking American soil from their homeland. How did they make this work? And why did they stop?
Early in World War II, the infantry ‘Matilda’ tank added weight to the Commonwealth units in North Africa.
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