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2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe by the Western Allies. Beginning on June 6, 1944, known popularly as D-Day, hundreds of thousands of Allied troops hit invasion beaches and dropped on landing grounds in Normandy. Most of those involved were in fact Americans, which by 1944 had undertaken to supply the majority of the troops, weapons, and matériel that would make Operation Overlord possible. And like so many other American undertakings in World War II, Operation Overlord was lavishly documented by still and motion picture photographers. Often attached to units directly on the front lines of combat these combat photographic and film correspondents made it possible for the public back home, to see and understand just what the young men of America were doing to save civilized world.
To learn more about the effort to visually document American service personnel on D-Day, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestram at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) author and historian Martin K.A. Morgan. Mr. Morgan is the author of THE AMERICANS ON D-DAY, a richly illustrated new book explaining and showing the Allied effort to document the landings in Normandy in June 1944. Listeners are encouraged to call to offer questions and comments, in what will be a lively hour discussing what was "The Longest Day"...
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