Photo of the Day. The Normandy Landings. On June 6, 1944 (D-Day) there was the largest operation of seaborne invasion of all time, it changed the sign of the Second World War and in the end, gave the victory to the Allied army.
It started at 6.30 am with a really bad weather. Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces was American General Eisenhower and English General Montgomery commanded ground forces.
Several operations (Bodyguard, Glimmer and Taxable) took place simultaneous to distract German forces from the real landing areas.
Previously, there had been really important to cheat Hitler with the idea that the landings were to take place in Pas-de-Calais (commanded by Patton).
The landings took place along 80 km stretch of the Normandy coast. It was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword and was executed by land, sea and air. It involved over 160,000 soldiers: 73,000 from the United States, 61,715 from Britain and 21,400 from Canada. It also involved other Allied naval forces, merchant navy and civil support.