At History.com, this on D-Day, June 6, 1944:
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region.
The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target.
By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
In his speech to the Allied troops of D-Day, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower beseeched the "blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."
Eisenhower's prayer (and not today's fanatical ACLU-type imposed secularism) reflects the mainstream of the American ethos, which as the Declaration makes so clear, is rooted in the Creator as the source of unalienable human rights, which the progressive Nazi ideology and regime had no basis whatsoever for affirming.
On the 40th anniversary of D-Day, as shown in this video, President Ronald Reagan spoke at Pointe du Hoc, where "here in Normandy, the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history."
This rare color video captures events from D-Day to the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
What were the German people told about D-Day? Here is a German newsreel on the events of June 6, 1944: "The enemy encounter strong resistance and suffer heavy casualties."