The Allies Counterattack
On June 6, 1944—D-Day—the Allies began Operation Overlord, the invasion of German-occupied Europe. One hundred and fifty thousand troops stormed Normandy, France, in the largest amphibious operation in history.

The courage of U.S. soldiers, many in battle for the first time, was essential for bringing about the defeat of Germany's Third Reich.

U.S. troops land on French beaches under German machine gun fire, June 6, 1944.

Photograph CPhoM Robert F. Sargent, courtesy National Archives

"The first twenty-four hours of the invasion will be decisive . . . the fate of Germany depends on the outcome. For the Allies as well as for Germany, it will be the longest day."

German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, April 22, 1944

Men and equipment land on Omaha Beach before moving inland to join the fight.

Courtesy National Archives, photo no. SC193082