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The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion

June 6, 2019, was the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, also known as D-Day. This historic event marked a turning point in World War II, as Allied forces landed on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France, and launched an assault on German forces. By the end of August 1944, the Allies had liberated all of northern France and were well positioned to bring an end to Germany’s Nazi regime.

In 2019 Britannica’s Normandy Invasion article was visited more than 175,000 times. To help readers learn more about this monumental event and the world-shaping war it was a part of, we curated three exclusive archives of photos for Britannica subscribers.

D-Day in Pictures

D-Day in Pictures documents this historic event and the troops who were part of it.

The Horrors of War

The Horrors of War documents the tragedy of WWII, the deadliest and most destructive war in human history.

Japanese American Internment in Pictures

Japanese American Internment in Pictures documents the detention of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans, a brutal stain on American history that has had lasting ramifications.

For nonsubscribers, we expanded our coverage of our D-Day and World War II articles with new content, timelines, question-and-answer panels, and more special features.

More to Explore

  1. American troops landing at Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944.?U.S. Army/National Archives, Washingon, D.C.
  2. Overhead view of American Liberty ships acting as makeshift breakwaters off the Normandy invasion beaches, June 1944.?U.S. Airforce
  3. Men, women, and children combing through the wreckage after German bombing raids in London, July 28, 1941.Encyclop?dia Britannica, Inc.
  4. ?Japanese Americans being sent to?Manzanar War Relocation Center.?Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-DIG-ppmsc-09965)