The D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 were part of the largest military operation in history. An airborne assault in Northern France was followed by amphibious landings on five Normandy beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The Allied invasion was designed to breach the fearsome defences of the Atlantic Wall, push inland to secure towns and villages, and drive German forces south and east.
Despite beginning the assault with more than 7,000 ships and nearly 200,000 men, US, British and Canadian forces encountered stern German resistance in the most important engagement of the Second World War, particularly on Omaha Beach where American casualties numbered nearly 3,000. When it seemed as if the Allies had stretched their supply lines and could push no further inland, German resistance crumbled and the war in Western Europe entered the endgame.
Few events in the history of warfare have resonated quite as much as D-Day, which remains an inspiring and moving story.
D-Day: 75 Years On, looks at the landings themselves (Operation Neptune), the broader Operation Overlord and eventual peace in Europe and the Far East through the facts of the day and beautiful imagery.