June 6, 1944: D-Day

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Two videos that give only a hint of what it was like at Normandy 68 years ago today. Despite withering fire, American and Allied troops fought through brutal resistance to establish a foothold on the continent of Europe.

The first video shows footage I have not seen before.

These are still shots (some out of order). Included are photos from Robert Capa who rode in on the first wave at Omaha Beach. All but eleven of the 106 frames he took were ruined; not by the conditions at the beach, but by an overanxious darkroom technician in London.

The incredible bravery displayed by those who took part in the invasion is breathtaking; so much that the day has become synonymous with the standard military nomenclature signifying the date of an attack: D-Day.

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