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~~71 years ago today, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious invasion to date, and created a foothold in Europe. The key to winning? Careful planning and training. And while the invasion was a success, it was a risky gamble that could have gone disastrously wrong.~~

D-Day Could Easily Have Been An Epic Disaster

~~71 years ago today, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious invasion to date, and created a foothold in Europe. The key to winning? Careful planning and training. And while the invasion was a success, it was a risky gamble that could have gone disastrously wrong.~~

Family photographs kids with 'beach buoy', turns out it was WWII bomb ~ Photography News

Family photographs kids with 'beach buoy', turns out it was WWII bomb ~ Photography News

A series of photographs from Guillaume Amat chronicling abandoned WWII beach bunkers in Northern France.

A series of photographs from Guillaume Amat chronicling abandoned WWII beach bunkers in Northern France.

American GIs in beach foxholes on second day after Normandy invasion during WWII; troop carriers visible in water and flag w. cross on it in fore. June 7, 1944. Photographer: Bob Landry

American GIs in beach foxholes on second day after Normandy invasion during WWII; troop carriers visible in water and flag w. cross on it in fore. June 7, 1944. Photographer: Bob Landry

Canadian soldiers studying a German plan of the beach during D-Day landing operations. Photographer: Ken Bell

Canadian soldiers studying a German plan of the beach during D-Day landing operations. Photographer: Ken Bell

A WWII history enthusiast wearing a replica WWII US military uniform photographs ruins of a landing pontoon on the beach in Arromanches, Normandy, France. Friday June 6 marks the 70th anniversary D-Day

Pictures of the day: 3 June 2014

A WWII history enthusiast wearing a replica WWII US military uniform photographs ruins of a landing pontoon on the beach in Arromanches, Normandy, France. Friday June 6 marks the 70th anniversary D-Day

A U.S. Coast Guard coxswain “Jim” is at the helm of an LCVP carrying troops from the 4th Infantry Division toward Utah Beach on D-Day. Two M1919A4 .30-caliber Machine Guns can be seen mounted in the gun tubs at the stern of the landing craft. Today on the blog; The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion. #WW2 #dday

A U.S. Coast Guard coxswain “Jim” is at the helm of an LCVP carrying troops from the 4th Infantry Division toward Utah Beach on D-Day. Two M1919A4 .30-caliber Machine Guns can be seen mounted in the gun tubs at the stern of the landing craft. Today on the blog; The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion. #WW2 #dday

This remains one of the most iconic images of the American landings at Omaha Beach, photographed by Robert F. Sargent of the U.S. Coast Guard (June 6, 1944)

This remains one of the most iconic images of the American landings at Omaha Beach, photographed by Robert F. Sargent of the U.S. Coast Guard (June 6, 1944)

Three WWII era photographs - Picture #1 shows a woman standing on a ledge with Navy battleships in the background. The reverse is inscribed “ Kathryn at the beach with war ships in the background”. Picture #2 shows a huge ship at bay attached to a tugboat, with dozens of sea lions swimming in the water. There are endless radio or electric towers stretching into the distance.  Picture #3 is a full length shot of the same massive ship in the harbor. Etsy.com/shop/CosmicLibrary

Three WWII era photographs - Picture #1 shows a woman standing on a ledge with Navy battleships in the background. The reverse is inscribed “ Kathryn at the beach with war ships in the background”. Picture #2 shows a huge ship at bay attached to a tugboat, with dozens of sea lions swimming in the water. There are endless radio or electric towers stretching into the distance. Picture #3 is a full length shot of the same massive ship in the harbor. Etsy.com/shop/CosmicLibrary

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