June 5, 2014
by Magnum Photographers
GB. Weymouth, Dorset. 1-5 June 1944. American combat engineers waiting to board transports in preparation for the allied invasion of Normandy.
Seventy years ago the Western Allies launched the long anticipated invasion of mainland Europe. After some delay due to weather conditions, June 6th was chosen as “D-Day”, the start date of the operation. The German defenders had anticipated an attack on Calais, the part of France closest to the Allied staging areas in England, though the actual target was Normandy. The operation involved an inland attack by paratroopers and glider-borne infantry combined with a beach assault by British, Canadian and US troops. Click on the image above to read more…