photograph from New York World-Telegram June 6, 1944, via Library of Congress
Seventy years ago today, General Dwight D. Eisenhower led Operation Overlord, in which Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in order to free Western Europe from the Nazi control. The five beaches were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. On D-Day alone, 2,500 Allied troops lost their lives and 8,500 were injured.
Remember this historic event with these resources, courtesy of your Waltham Public Library.
- Check out our display in the reference area. It contains several books about the event as well as copies of The New York Times front pages from June 6, 7, and 8 of 1944.
- Reserve or check out one of these books from the library:
- D-Day: Minute by Minute by Jonathan Mayo
- D-Day in Photographs by Andrew Whitmarsh
- D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
- Operation Jedburgh : D-Day and America’s First Shadow War by Colin Beavan
- The First Men In : U.S. Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day by Ed Ruggero
- The Boys of Pointe du Hoc : Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion by Douglas Brinkley
- Voices of Valor : D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Douglas Brinkley and Ronald J. Drez
- The D-Day Companion : Leading Historians Explore History’s Greatest Amphibious Assault edited by Jane Penrose
- A Traveller’s Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy by Carl Shilleto and Mike Tolhurst
- D-Day : The Greatest Invasion– a People’s History by Dan Van der Vat
- The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice by Alex Kershaw
- June 6, 1944 : The Voices of D-Day compiled by Gerald Astor
- D-Day, June 6, 1944 : The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose
- Download an e-book or downloadable audiobook. Click here for help on using the digital media catalog.
- Check out these documentaries and feature films. Documentaries can circulate for three weeks and are free of charge. Feature films cost can circulate for one week and cost $1.00. (Unless it’s Thursday, then you can take two films for $1.00!)
- Use our Historic Newspaper Database to view front pages from June 1944
- D-Day Related Records at the National Archives and Records Administration
posted by Laura