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U.S. paratroopers fix their static lines before a jump before dawn over Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944, in France.

U.S. paratroopers fix their static lines before a jump before dawn over Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944, in France.

Commandos of No. 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, and troops of 6th Airborne Division in Bénouville after the link-up between the two forces, 6 June 1944.

Commandos of No. 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, and troops of 6th Airborne Division in Bénouville after the link-up between the two forces, 6 June 1944.

Film still of commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade about to ...

Film still of commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade about to ...

#tbt to 6:30 a.m. London time on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, the German news agency DNB issued the first reports that thousands of Allied paratroopers were touching down near the mouth of the Seine River, with fierce fighting near the city of Caen. When the sun rose in New York City, thousands of troops had already landed on the beaches of Normandy and had been fighting for hours. The Daily Newsproclaimed in bold lettering, “INVASION BEGINS.” A special 6 a.m. edition of the New York Times carried…

#tbt to 6:30 a.m. London time on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, the German news agency DNB issued the first reports that thousands of Allied paratroopers were touching down near the mouth of the Seine River, with fierce fighting near the city of Caen. When the sun rose in New York City, thousands of troops had already landed on the beaches of Normandy and had been fighting for hours. The Daily Newsproclaimed in bold lettering, “INVASION BEGINS.” A special 6 a.m. edition of the New York Times carried…

One we missed for yesterday. British 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade after landing on 'Queen Red' beach, Sword area and ready to advance into Ouistreham. 6 June 1944.

One we missed for yesterday. British 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade after landing on 'Queen Red' beach, Sword area and ready to advance into Ouistreham. 6 June 1944.

Royal Marine Commandos attached to 3rd Division for the assault on Sword Beach move through Colleville-sur-Orne on their way to relieve forces at Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, 6 June 1944. © IWM (B 5067)

Royal Marine Commandos attached to 3rd Division for the assault on Sword Beach move through Colleville-sur-Orne on their way to relieve forces at Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, 6 June 1944. © IWM (B 5067)

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