D-Day: 17 stunning photos from 1944 show how hard the Normandy invasion really was
Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, forever reshaping the progress of the war and history during the D-Day operation.
Thousands of ships, planes and soldiers from the United States, Britain and Canada surprised Nazi forces.
Members of a landing party help injured US soldiers to safety on Utah Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe, on D-Day in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. (Photo: US ARMY / HANDOUT, US ARMY via EPA-EFE)
This file photo taken on June 6, 1944, shows the Allied forces soldiers landing in Normandy. (Photo: -, AFP/Getty Images)
American soldiers land on the French coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion in June 1944. (Photo: Associated Press)
Some of the first assault...