Incredible photos reveal how D-Day unfolded hour-by-hour 75 years ago as Allied Forces landed in Normandy

Incredible photos reveal how D-Day unfolded hour-by-hour 75 years ago as Allied Forces landed in Normandy

May 20, 2019

ASTONISHING colour photographs show how D-Day unfolded hour-by-hour in a book released ahead of the 75th anniversary of the landings in Normandy next month.

The new work called D-Day and Normandy: A Visual History draws on pictures and accounts from the Imperial War Museum archives to show how Operation Overlord was executed on June 6, 1944.

The collected snaps vividly show the timeline of one of the most crucial military victories for the Allies in the Second World War.

One shows Winston Churchill visiting the battlefield in Normandy, studying a map with General Bernard Montgomery.

Others show snaking lines of soldiers advancing up the beaches of the French coastline and the chilling view from inside landing craft emerging from the water.

Anthony Richards, the author of the new book, said: "There is surely no better way to understand an event of such scale as D-Day than to perceive it through the eyes and words of those who were actually there.

"The Allies were acutely aware of the historical importance that would be attached to the landings and so made sure that the events were covered as far as was realistically possible in the circumstances by both film and still photography."

D-Day and Normandy: A Visual History is available to buy at www.iwmshop.org.uk and the online IWM shop from May 16.

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