D Day beaches
General Rommel knew that the Normandy coast was a possible landing point for the invasion. He arranged for the beaches to be protected, with mines and anti-tank obstacles.
British aircraft bombing in Normandy before the invasion
The south coast was full of men and equipment ready for the invasion
British gliders ready for take off. The first allied troops to land were the British Airborne followed later by the Americans
Landing craft in Southampton docks
Vehicles ready and waiting
Troops loading for the invasion
British airborne on their way to capture Pegasus bridge
Crossing the English channel heading for Normandy
The invasion had started, the landings on the D Day beaches was to become the largest seaborne invasion in history.