On this site you will find various videos depicting the Allied invasion of mainland Europe on the shores of Normandy. I created this website because I could not find a good collection of authentic footage from D-Day. Some of these images remind us of the futility of war, as well as the bravery and fortitude of the disembarking soldiers.
Although films like Saving Private Ryan depict the landing scene as a brutal but quick ordeal, the landings actually took place over several hours and some beaches took over 24 hours to secure. Most landing craft hit land hundreds of yards away from the sand banks - soldiers had to drag their equipment in the sands under heavy machine gunfire along all this distance.
Please, take your time to study these videos and realize what these soldiers faced on June 6, 1944.
Great live video of the actual landings and German defenses
Excert from documentary "VE Day"
Silent Video of Invasion
Canadian landing on Juno Beach
Similar footage of the video above of Juno Beach Landing
Very informational video with live footage
Full Timeline of D-Day with live footage and epic pictures
Long Documentary with incredible footage of landings and aftermath
If you are looking for more information, the sites below have fantastic resources on D-Day:
- D-Day - Invasion of Normandy - Operation Overlord Documents and Photos
Access to thousands of pages of once secret historical documents, recordings, photos, video and audio.
- D-Day June 6, 1944
The U.S. Army remembers June 6, 1944: D-Day in Normandy, France. Video, audio, photos, posters, and maps tell the story.
- D-day Information.
Facts and statistics from the invasion.
- The National World War II Museum June 6, 2010 Museum marks tenth anniversary, commemorates D-Day
Designated by Congress as the country's official World War II Museum.
- D-Day, Normandy and beyond
D-Day Normandy and Beyond, in honor and respect for the veterans of world war 2
- D Day Information
On 6 June 1944 the biggest combined naval, military and air operation ever seen took place.
- STUNNING D-DAY FACTS - Awesome Stories
Amazing stories and facts from those who were there.
- D-Day facts - Freebase
Facts and figures about D-Day, taken from Freebase, the world's database.
Leo Prendergadt on September 26, 2013:
I am in awe, I just spent six wonderful days in Normandy, and at sixty years of age ,for the first time realised the scale of debt we owe to every person who was involved in the D- day landings. I now realise that our history books fail to convey the real story, and the film companies make it real in an imaginary manner, the blood and loss of life that gave me ,and us all, our taken for granted freedoms ,should never be forgotten. God bless all that gave their lives for my freedom.
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Paul Donohue on July 19, 2012:
Great collection of vids, my Granddad was at Pegasus bridge and the Rhine crossing.
Lancer_2013 (author) on February 27, 2011:
Thanks Dave, I read your hub on the missing Hurricane! Friggin awesome! And Ryan, the Canadians played a huge role in WWII. God Bless!
Ryan on February 13, 2011:
Thank you for this. I totally agree, more people should be seeing this stuff. And most Canadians don't know about the significant role we played during the war.(I'm Canadian)
Dave Harris from Cardiff, UK on November 17, 2010:
Great hub Lancer 2013, very interesting video's here. I have written similair stuff in my hubs you may be interested in reading, thanks for sharing!
Lancer_2013 (author) on June 08, 2010:
The 29th division was one of FOUR american divisions operating on D-Day. They were specifically responsible for securing Omaha beach.
Do you know what unit your father was in? The 116th Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Ranger Battalion were the two units assigned to Omaha from the 29th Div.
Also, this website is a good source for information on the 29th Div. and has a full DVD set of the division. Maybe your father is in there.
B. ( a soldier's daughter) on June 08, 2010:
I am looking for film footage that a Combat Photographer took while in a landing craft with the 29th Div. on the way to Omaha Beach. However, this particular footage may have been erroneously connected to the landing at Utah Beach. My father was in that landing craft and his face shows for about 3 seconds (but that is more than enough time for me!.
I saw it on the Military Channel last year, and no one has been able to help me find it since then. Any suggestions, please
Lancer_2013 (author) on May 12, 2010:
Thank you! That is my exact intention of posting this.
king_saberhawk on May 11, 2010:
Great collection of video, more people should really be seeing this stuff.