June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The invasion of the coast of Normandy in France was a pinnacle assault of World War II for the United States and its allied forces. The 50-mile coastal stretch was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. The U.S. military was responsible for storming two beaches, Omaha and Utah. The following photos are from the National Archives and the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

Top left, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the order of the day; top right, American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachhead on the northern coast of France. Smoke in the background is naval gunfire supporting the landing; credit, U.S. Army Center of Military History; bottom left, assault landing, one of the first waves at Omaha; the Coast Guard caption identifies the unit as Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division; credit, U.S. Army Center of Military History; bottom right, Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. From Grandcamp, cliffs extend eastward to Arromanches-les-Bains with only two breaks, one in the Vierville-Colleville region, which was the V Corps area.

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