D-Day, June 6, 1944

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On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -- more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

Learn the story of the Normandy Campaign from D-Day through the liberation at Paris through the American Battle Monuments Commission's interactive presentation. Photos, audio stories and videos will continuously be updated and available on the EUCOM Facebook page.

The U.S. military will support nearly 30 ceremonies in the Normandy region of France from 4-8 June 2014 as part of Task Force Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Task Force Normandy is led by the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) out of Vicenza, Italy.

Approximately 650 individuals from units throughout the U.S. European Command theater as well as units assigned in the United States with historical ties to the landings are scheduled to support the events this year. Also participating in these events will be military members from the British, French, Polish, Danish and German military.

Below is the schedule of events that will be supported by U.S. military. All ceremonies (except for the June 6 ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery) are open to the public without restrictions. An access pass is required to attend the ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery on 6 June. To request a pass, send a message to parisdaodday70@state.gov.

4 June

  • 10 a.m. - Gourbesville
  • 11:30 a.m. - Amfreville
  • 2:30 p.m. - Bolleville
  • 2:30 p.m. - Amfreville
  • 4 p.m. - Gueuteville
  • 5 p.m. - Carentan

5 June

  • 10 a.m. - Picauville
  • 2 p.m. - Chef du Pont
  • 2 p.m. - Pointe du Hoc (Dedication of new visitor's center)
  • 4 p.m. - Ste Mere Eglise
  • 5 p.m. - Colleville sur Mer
  • 5 p.m. - Montebourg
  • 8 p.m. - Utah Beach
  • 11 p.m. - St. Laurent

6 June

  • 10 a.m. - Hemevez
  • 10:30 a.m. - Normandy American Cemetery
  • 3 p.m. - Negreville
  • 3:30 p.m. - Sword Beach
  • 3:30 p.m. - Ste Mere Eglise
  • 5 p.m. - Vierville sur Mer
  • 7 p.m. - Picauville

7 June

  • 10:30 a.m. - Angoville au Plain
  • 10 a.m. - DeGlopper Memorial
  • 11 a.m. - Bois du Limors
  • 11:30 a.m. - Cauquigny
  • 11:30 a.m. - Merville
  • 3 p.m. - St. Lo
  • 3:30 p.m. - Pointe du Hoc
  • 3:45 p.m. - Francquetot Castle
  • 5 p.m. - La Haye de Puit
  • 5:30 p.m. - Graignes

8 June

  • 9:30 a.m. - La Cambe (German Cemetery)
  • 11 a.m. - La Fiere Dropzone (multi-national Airborne drop)
  • 3 p.m. - La Fiere Dropzone (Iron Mike Monument)
  • 6 p.m. - March into Ste Mere Eglise

 


Downloads

D-Day 70 Factsheet - US Military Support (.pdf, 392 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: The Beaches (.pdf, 413 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Consequences (.pdf, 562 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: The Supplies. (.pdf, 423 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Axis Powers (.pdf, 299 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Leadership (.pdf, 405 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Tactics (.pdf, 569 KB)

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Media

Media accreditation is only required for participation at the Normandy American Cemetery Ceremony 6 June 2014, and is strictly reserved for members of the press - print media, photo, radio, TV, film and news agencies - who fully meet DOD media accreditation requirements.

Media accreditation has been closed.

Below you will find information concerning the times and places for picking up your badge.

Buses will leave from Caen to take you to Colleville. The bus schedule will be posted at the Hotel IBIS in Caen.

Foreign Affairs Ministry

  • May 27-28 and 30
  • 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Enter at: 1, rue Esnault Peltery, 75007 Paris (no I.D. needed)
  • Proceed to the left after the gate

HOTEL IBIS CAEN

  • 6, Place Courtonne, 14018 Caen
  • June 3-4
  • 9:00-18:00
  • June 5
  • 8:00-20:00
  • June 6
  • Starting 7:00

When arriving at the train station journalists should proceed to hotel IBIS (2mn walk)

Bus transfers to sites will depart from the hotel to the Landing sites.

Only one press pass will be issued per individual. If lost, you cannot obtain a replacement.

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Blog Posts

General Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, meets with veterans during D-Day commemoration events in Normandy, France June 12, 2014Honoring the Past, Securing the FutureThe events commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day began a year of observances; from Operation Market Garden, to the Battle of the Bulge, to Victory in Europe Day, and of course the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
June 4, 2014D-Day deception: Coca-Cola, Hollywood, and Bigbobs“All war is based on deception”—Sun Tzu in The Art of War.
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Articles

June 6, 2012Warriors, both modern and aging, commemorate D-Day landingsWhen Eugene Cook jumped into Normandy during the predawn hours of June 6, 1944, he landed several miles from his intended drop zone.
Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and Maj. Gen. Jim McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), watch as, dedicated June 6, 2012 near Utah Beach in Normandy.June 6, 2012Leadership monument near Utah Beach dedicated to Maj. Richard Winters Along the causeway to Utah Beach stands a new monument to combat leadership, dedicated June 6 in memory of Maj. Richard Winters, who led paratroopers from Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment during the D-Day landings.
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