Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.
Landing ships putting cargo ashore on one of the invasion beaches at low tide during the first days of the operation.
Operation Overload, otherwise known as D-Day, was the Allied invasion France, which was occupied by Axis powers. The beaches of Normandy were covered with he lost lives of thousands of American Soldiers.
D-Day in Color, Photographs from the Normandy Invasion
Some of the first American soldiers to attack the German defenses in Higgins Boats (LCVPs) approach Omaha Beach near Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Plastic covers protect the soldier's weapons against from the water.