These color photographs show the troops getting ready for the D-Day assault at an British port. Most of the color stills in the National Archives show the preparations rather than the invasion.

You can see more color photographs on the Media Matters blog.

Image:  111-C-1258, “These American troops have loaded their equipment onto an LCT and are waiting the signal for the assault against the Continent.”

Image: 111-SC-1237, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.”

Image: 111-SC-1248, “Medics and litter bearers going up the ramp of an LCT which will take them to France for the assault against Hitler’s Europe.”

Image: 111-SC-1232, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.  Note Barrage balloons in the background.”


#DDAY70 Recap:

Seventy years ago last week one of the largest amphibious invasions in history took place as over 150,000 troops of the combined Allied Expeditionary Forces began the Normandy Invasion of German-occupied western Europe, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

See our complete series of D-Day posts with the #DDAY70 tag →

While a few Tumblr posts can hardly do a topic of this magnitude justice, you can dig deeper with National Archives Records Relating to D-Day, and check out the new immersive D-Day exhibit from the National Archives on the Google Cultural Institute.

Today in 1944: American troops land at Omaha Beach for the invasion of Normandy, France, known as D-Day. Robert Capa was one of two magazine war correspondents allowed to join the U.S. troops landing on the shores of Normandy. 

Dodging bullets and hiding behind pieces of steel, Capa photographed for hours in waist-deep water with several cameras. His hands trembled, and he ruined many rolls of film as he tried to change film amid the dead and wounded of the battle. 

His photos were sent directly to the offices of LIFE in London for processing. Hurrying to develop the rolls, a technician turned up the heat in the dryers, ruining many of the 72 images taken. Only 11 survived.

More from our Museum of American History

Reminder: it is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of occupied France during World War II. As cute/quirky as National Donut Day is (the first Friday in June, which happens to be D-Day this year), please also remember D-Day and its significance and the… y’know, actual sacrifice that occurred. 

As for this particular caption: it’s pretty bad taste, tumblr donut message programmers. 


Fantastic Now and Then feature by Matt Cardy with these Normandy veterans as they remember their roles in DDay.

Top: Normandy veteran 92-year-old Vera Hay. Vera, who was in the Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps one of the first nurses to land at Normandy shortly after D-Day. Vera, who was a Junior Sister, then travelled 10 miles to the Chateau de Beaussy and took care of up to 200 injured soldiers a day. Asked what her most vivid memory of D-Day was she replied: ‘The need of the casualties both our own troops and the German prisoners of war. They all were patients to us. They needed rehydration, rest, morphine to keep the comfortable and we were using the new penicillin.’ June 6 2014 will see the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and Norway begin the liberation of France which eventually helped led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of commemoration events are happening now in Normandy, but with the youngest participants now at least 88-years-old, it is also expected to be the last memorial pilgrimage to France for many of the surviving veterans. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

For the other remarkable stories and portraits click HERE