June 6th 1944: D-Day

On this day in 1944, the D-Day landings began on the beaches of Normandy as part of the Allied ‘Operation Overlord’. The largest amphibious military operation in history, the operation involved thousands of Allied troops landing in France. For those landing on the beaches of Normandy, they faced heavy fire, mines and other obstacles on the beach, but managed to push inland. In charge of the operation was future US President General Dwight Eisenhower and leading the ground forces was British General Bernard Montgomery. The landings proved a decisive Allied victory, as they secured a foothold in France which had been defeated by Nazi Germany in 1940. D-Day was a key moment in the Second World War and helped turn the tide of the war in favour of the Allies. 70 years on, we remember not just the strategic victory that was D-Day but also the ultimate sacrifice paid by thousands of soldiers on both sides of the fighting.

“You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.”
- Eisenhower’s message to the Allied Expeditionary Force

70 years ago today

Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson prepared a gift of special “Easter Eggs” for Adolph Hitler and the German Army.  Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II was one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy. Easter, 1945


Soldier & his English girlfriend kissing under a tree in Hyde Park. London,1944 (via)

American soldier kissing his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park,1944. Photo by Ralph Morse (via)


A WWII soldiers photo-booth collection c.1942

African American men and women in service during WWll

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Londoners seek shelter during WWII in the Aldwych tube station, April 1941.Photograph by Acme News Pictures, Inc.


The personalized leather jackets of bomber crews.


Thousands of wedding rings that were removed from those in Concentration Camps.

Women workers employed by U.S. Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. Ruth DeRoche and Norma Webber, 18-year-old ‘pit-women,’ relaxing after lunch.” Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information, New Hampshire, 1943 (via)

Under the Mistletoe With Gas Masks-

Gas-masked couple kissing under a bit of mistletoe in an Auxiliary Fire Service Station in England, 1940 

USS Astoria sailors on a brief liberty at Mog Mog fleet recreation center in Ulithi Atoll. January 28th,1945 (x)

Maria Montez (in the hat) guest hosts the Miss Victory Beauty Contest held at the Victory House in Los Angeles, 1942

Actress Janet Blair preparing to strip off one of her tight sweaters to add to clothing collection drive of war relief agencies, at home. Hollywood,1945 Photo by Martha Holmes (x)