Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach (U.S. Coast Guard Collection)
It's been 70 years since the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France. On June 6, 1944, over 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches to free Europe from the hold of Nazi Germany. More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by the end of the day, the Allies had gained a foothold on the coast of France.
More than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe to eventually defeat Adolf Hitler.
The cost was high, however; more than 12,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded.
1110: 101st and 4th divisions linkup on Utah securing the first exit from the beach.
1300: Troops at Omaha begin to secure the beach.
1600: Hitler finally gives approval to release reserve Panzer divisions.
1800: Elements of the 3rd Canadian Div, North Nova Scotia Highlanders reach five kilometers inland. 1st Hussar tanks cross the Caen-Bayeux railway, fifteen kilometers inland. Canadian Scottish link up with the 50th Division at Creully.
1900: 1st Division commander, General Huebner sets up command post on Omaha.