D-Day Links

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admin - Posted on 27 May 2009

There are many links to information about D-Day. Here are some to get you started:

The Library of Congress ~ Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project 
From the web site: "Every veteran has his or her own war, and each is custodian of a unique story and memories. At the Veterans History Project, we treasure the personal narratives sent to us by veterans from all wars. Vivid as if they happened yesterday, these heartfelt accounts make us laugh, cry and remember. The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feelings and personal recollections. As we build this unprecedented collection documenting both veterans and civilians and their EXPERIENCES of war, we will introduce new themes on the website."

U.S. Army ~ "D-Day: June 6, 1944" 
Photos from the Front, U.S. divisions involved in the invasion, the D-Day beaches, Gen. Eisenhower's message, posters and many other resources.

The Nation D-Day Memorial 
The small town of rural Bedford, Va., lost 19 men on D-Day from a population of less than 4000, the highest per capita loss of anywhere in the United States.

The National D-Day Museum
The National D-Day Museum celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won World War II and promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations.

The U.S. Army Center of Military History in-depth history of the Normandy invasion

The President's D-Day Prayer
"Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer: Mighty God: our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity." Read more ...

PBS American Experience: "D-Day"
From the web site: " 'D-Day' offers insights into American history topics including World War II, military strategy, the importance of technology in war, first-person accounts of war, unilateralism or multilateralism in foreign policy, and the role of the military in a democratic society."

BBC ~ D-Day Interactive Map
From the web site: "In the months before June 1944, the whole of the South of England was, in effect, one giant military camp. Thousands of Allied troops practised their battle drills, military supremos worked on tactics, and engineers came up with some ingenious technical ways of making the landings on the Normandy beaches as effective as possible while countless civilians worked to supply the invasion force."

Department of the Navy ~ D-Day: June 6, 1944
The Naval Historical Center commemorates and explains the events of D-Day and links to photos from the event.

The National Archives ~ Message Drafted by Eisenhower in case D-Day invasion failed
From the web site: "U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were responsible for leading their nations to victory and jointly planned strategies for the cooperation and eventual success of the Allied armed forces. Roosevelt and Churchill had already agreed early in the war that Germany must be stopped first if success was to be attained in the Pacific."

Dwight Eisenhower Library ~ D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy
From the web site: "The D-Day operation of June 6, 1944 brought together the land, air and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest invasion force in human history."

D-Day Museum ~ D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about D-Day and the specifics of the event, including . what the D in D-Day stands for, who was involved in the fighting, and a list of books to read about D-Day.

The U.S. Army ~ D-Day Feature
A collection of photos, maps, WWII posters, and army divisions within the Normandy campaign to commemorate the brotherhood, sacrafice, and victory of D-Day.

D-Day Overlord ~ The Battle of Normandy
From the web site: "More than 60 years after the events of the Summer 1944, the DDay-Overlord.com web site allows you to discover one of the most important military operation of all the Second World War : the Normandy landing and the Battle of Normandy. The DDay-Overlord.com site is a memorial dedicated to those who organized the operation Overlord, to those who were parachuted and those who landed in Normandy, to those who fought for our freedom."

Photos of D-Day (About.com)

Flash interactive presentation from The Canadian Press

PBS American Experience

National D-Day Memorial Foundation

The National World War II Museum

Private Tours of Normandy

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

What’s New in Normandy