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.
Pat Christenson served with the legendary “Band of Brothers”— Company E, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division—from beginning to end. More »
SS tanker Michael Wittmann became the most famous armor ace of World War II and died in the process. More »
The Royal Air Force deployed the Avro Lancaster bomber during its strategic campaign to bomb the Third Reich. More »
Despite its high production numbers, the Hawker Typhoon 1A and 1B were both plagued by a series of design and technical problems. More »
Lieutenant Colonel John Hanlon repaid the kindness of the people of the embattled Belgian town. More »
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.