6 June

The Battle of Normandy begins when Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.

Better known as D-Day, this is as usual an over-simplification, as every ‘Operation’ (in this case Operation Overlord) had a D-Day as part of the timeline of operation planning. While this operation is considered ‘the’ key point in the history of the destruction of the Third Reich in Western literature, it ignores the fact that Nazi power had been broken on the battlefields of the Eastern Front in the previous two years. By Mid-1944 the survival of Western European democracy would have been playing on the minds of the Western Allies, as they needed to occupy as much territory as possible before the Russians captured it.