The view from the beaches of once occupied France. Something like 6,500 vessels took part in the invasion of these beaches.
British airborne pathfinders, among the very tip of the spear to be thrust against the enemy, prepare to drop into France.
American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division receive a few words from General Eisenhower prior to the invasion. The airborne forces attacking Normandy after midnight on June 6 were, by some estimates, expected to receive up to a 70% casualty rate.
Landing craft doors open and American troops take their first steps into uncertainty at Omaha Beach.
British troops disembark further east.
The butcher's bill at Omaha. Freedom comes dearly.
So, tomorrow, say a prayer for the brave souls who fought and died to preserve our freedom.
And if you are so inclined, watch the World At War episode entitled "Morning", which has no peer among WWII documentaries and inspired this post.