June 6, 1944

Also known as Operation Overlord, the amphibious D-Day invasions at Normandy began at 6:30am. Adolf Hitler and the Nazis had occupied northwestern France since May 1940, and subsequent plans to liberate France from Nazi rule were devised. Allied soldiers at Omaha Beach experienced heavy Nazi resistance, resulting in approximately 2,000 American deaths (“D-Day”). Photographer Robert Capa was present and captured some of the most iconic images of World War II, which LIFE magazine would present to the American public in the June 19, 1944 issue (Pritchard 97-98; Tramz 2014). The storming and securing of the beaches at Normandy lead to the eventual liberation of France, which was necessary in the downfall of Hitler and Nazi Germany (“D-Day”). 


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