1940 2014

Story of the D Day Landings

The Normandy Landings (otherwise known as the D Day Landings) happened on the 6th of June 1944. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history involving nearly 5000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels and 277 minesweepers. It was the start of the Allied victory over the Nazis.

Oct 23 1940

Enigma cypher machine

Throughout WWII, Germany and its allies encrypted messages using Enigma machines. The Germans considered the Enigma code to be unbreakable, but the codebreakers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the British forces' intelligence centre, managed to decipher the code. This enabled the British to plan operations to defeat the Germans. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

  • Bletchley Park, Bletchley, England, United Kingdom
Oct 22 1943

Code-breaking at Bletchley Park, 1943.

This shows codebreakers in the registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

  • Bletchley Park, Bletchley, England, United Kingdom
Oct 25 1943

The Colossus computer at Bletchley Park, c 1943.

The code breakers were helped by the first ever computer to crack the Enigma code. The computer was called Colossus and was built by Alan Turing. This image shows the circuitry and pulley-wheel system of the Colossus computer. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

  • Bletchley Park, Bletchley, England, United Kingdom
Dec 10 1943

Practising for the invasion- Reaching The Shore

One of the operations that was planned by the Allied Troops was the D-Day landings in Normandy France. The plan was to land at various places on the coast of France and break down the German defences. This involved a lot of organisation and practise as troops would have to leave from all over England to land in France at the same time. This photo shows troops coming ashore during training exercises practising for the real thing. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • D & a Entertainments, Pier Bandstand, The Esplanade, England DT4 7RN, United Kingdom
Dec 11 1943

Practising for the invasion

Crouched low in the landing craft with weapons at the ready, these soldiers speed through rough seas to the 'attack', during invasion rehearsals. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

  • Weymouth, England, United Kingdom
Mar 30 1944

US Army convoy in preparation for D Day embarkation

Some US troops destined for the D Day landings were stationed in Falmouth leading up to the attack. Like elsewhere in England they also trained and prepared for the the invasion. This photo shows a US Army convoy passing the Red Lion at Mawnan Smith, near Trebah, during the run-up to the D-Day embarkation in June 1944.

  • Carwinion Road, Mawnan, Cornwall, England TR11 5EP, United Kingdom
May 1 1944

Polgwidden Cove

Polgwidden Cove at Trebah Beach was to be the site at which the US troops embarked for Normandy. A road was built by the US troops from nearby Mawnan Smith which enabled them to drive straight onto the beach. The road is still there today.

  • Trebah, England, United Kingdom
May 15 1944

Landing craft at Trebah Beach in May 1944, preparing for the journey to Normandy's Omaha Beach and the D-Day landings.

7,500 American servicemen of the 29th Infantry Division embarked at Trebah on 31st May 1944 bound for the Normandy beaches.

  • Bar Road, Mawnan, Cornwall, England TR11 5LA, United Kingdom
May 31 1944

US Troops on D Day.

At the same time US troops were ready to board landing ships at Weymouth, England for the D Day Normandy Invasion 1944. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

  • Weymouth, England, United Kingdom
Jun 1 1944

American D-Day Troops In Weymouth

US troops on the Esplanade at Weymouth, Dorset, on their way to embark on ships bound for Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings in Normandy, June 1944. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

  • Weymouth, England, United Kingdom
Jun 1 1944

Preparing For Normandy Landing

A U.S. Army GMC truck embarking on a landing ship, tank (LST) at Portland Harbour, Devon for the invasion of Normandy, June 1944. GIs and others are watching. LST-134 in the background is scheduled to depart for Omaha Beach (Easy Red), France. It is part of Group 30 of LST Flotilla 12. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

  • Weymouth Harbour Tramway, Weymouth and Portland, England, United Kingdom
Jun 4 1944

Invasion Embarkation

Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel for D Day. This image shows US soldiers on a landing craft on their way to the Normandy beaches, during the invasion of Europe. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Jun 5 1944

The Normandy landings: June 6, 1944

The Allied forces- made up of Canadian, British and US troops landed on five different areas of the coast- Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. This image shows the English troops arriving on the French coast. (Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images)

  • Normandy, France
Jun 6 1944

Landing Craft

6th June 1944: US troops in landing craft, during the D-Day landings. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
Jun 6 1944

Operation Overlord (The Normandy Landings): D-Day 6 June 1944

Operation Overlord was the code name for The Normandy Landings (D-Day). This image shows troops landing and making their way onto 'Nan Red' Beach, Juno Area, at St Aubin-sur-Mer at about 9 am on, 6 June 1944. (Photo by Lt. Handford/ IWM via Getty Images)

  • Juno Beach, Lower Normandy, France
Jun 6 1944

Juno Beach D-Day Landings

Troops from the 48th Royal Marines at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer on Juno Beach, Normandy, France, during the D-Day landings, 6th June 1944. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Juno Beach, Lower Normandy, France
Jun 6 1944

Omaha Beach landings, D-Day, the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944

Troops landing at Omaha (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images).

  • Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
Jun 6 1944

Landing of the allied troops in Normandy (June 1944)

Landing of the allied troops on the beaches of Normandy, France, June 6, 1944, Second World War war, National archives, Washington, . (Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images)

  • Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
Jun 7 1944

The landings are a success!

Soldiers with the United States Navy 2nd Beach Battalion inspect radio-operated German Beetle tanks captured on Utah Beach during the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy. German forces used the miniature tanks to pass supplies through dangerous areas and deliver bombs into enemy lines (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images).

  • Utah-Beach, Normandy, France
Jun 7 1944

D Day landings in full force

The surprise attack by the Allied Forces completely over took the German defences. Nearly 875,000 men had disembarked at Normandy by the end of June.

  • Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
Apr 12 2000

Polgwidden Cove where US troops embarked for the D Day landings in Normandy

The beach was covered with `matting` and a pier built out into the deeper water to assist with the loading ofthe US Navy

  • Trebah, England, United Kingdom
Nov 30 2010

Memorial at Trebah Beach

This is a memorial at Trebah to the US troops who embarked here for the D Day Landings.

  • Bar Road, Mawnan, Cornwall, England TR11 5LA, United Kingdom
May 8 2014

D-Day Remembered

In this composite image a comparison has been made of La Breche, France today and an image of the British 2nd Army: Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade landing on 'Queen Red' Beach, Sword Area, at la Breche, at approximately 8.40 am, 6 June 1944. (Photo by Capt. J L Evans/ IWM via Getty Images)

  • Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France

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