D Day 1944 -- History unfolds

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Getting orders
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower gives the order of the day: "Full victory, nothing else" to paratroopers in England.

-- U.S. ARMY PHOTO
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Getting ready
Army troops aboard LCT just prior to landing on 6 June 1944.

-- U.S. ARMY PHOTO
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June 6 -- Loading up
American GIs climb into a landing craft as they prepare to hit the beach.

-- AP PHOTO
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Going in
American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachead. Smoke in the background is naval gunfire supporting their landing.

-- U.S. ARMY PHOTO
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Omaha Beach
Army troops land on Omaha Beach during the initial landing 6 June 1944. They were brought ashore by a Coast Guard-manned LCVP.

-- U.S. ARMY PHOTO
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Going ashore
An American soldier wades through water under heavy machine gun fire to reach the beach on Normandy, June 6.

-- ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO -- BY ROBERT CAPA
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Utah Beach
Members of an American landing party help ashore others whose landing craft was sunk.

-- U.S. ARMY PHOTO
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Airborne landing
Paratroopers of the American 101st Airborne landing behind Utah Beach
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Utah Beach -- Landing complete
Utah Beach, scene of some of the bloodiest fighting, was not part of the original invasion plan, yet Gen. Eisenhower wanted to spread out his attack.
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Here they come
Carrying full equipment, American assault troops move onto Omaha Beach as landing crafts behind them jam the harbor.

-- U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS PHOTO
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Augusta Herald -- June 6, 1944
Augusta's afternoon newspaper has details of the invasion just hours earlier;.
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June 7, 1944
Augusta Chronicle front page the following day.
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Chronicle editorial cartoon, June 7, 1944
Augusta Chronicle editorial cartoon by Rube Goldberg
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Omaha Beach -- after the landing
Scene on Omaha Beach soon after the landings. Note piled-up supplies, dead soldiers awaiting evacuation or burial, stranded landing craft.
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Germans surrender -- June 6
German soldiers surrender to Americans on Utah Beach, June 6.
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Taking prisoners
An American soldier makes out an identity tag for a young German prisoner of war on June 9, 1944.
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More prisoners of war
Prisoners awaiting being sent to a detention camp.
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Get their bearings
A group of American paratroopers in a French village at St. Marcouf near Utah Beach, prepare to move out.

-- U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS PHOTO
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Destroying the enemy
An American soldier scrambles away from a house near Utah Beach, which moments before had been used as a German ammunition dump. It is now in flames.

-- U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS PHOTO
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Augusta Chronicle June 8, 1944
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Moving out
Members of the 1st Battalion, 355th Engineers clear the streets of St. Lo so that traffic can move up from Omaha Beach.

-- U.S. ARMY PHOTO
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On the move
A grim soldier of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, machine gun over his shoulder moves along a French road.

-- U.S.ARMY PHOTO
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Augusta Chronicle front, June 9, 1944

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