The information included here is intended to provide a framework for understanding the decisions and activities leading up to the invasion of Normandy at a variety of levels, from the Supreme Headquarters to the individual soldier, sailor, or airman. It is meant to provide insight into how each connected with and affected the other, and to humanize the complex story that is Operation Overlord.
Details about the planning and execution of D-Day included in boldface are taken from Operation Overlord: D-Day Day by Day by Anthony Hall. All other information, including quotations from individual servicemen, is taken from the correspondence and diaries of D-Day personnel included in the Archives of the National D-Day Memorial.
For more information about this project, please contact the Memorial at (540) 586-DDAY.
No part of this material may be transmitted or recorded in any form without written permission of the National D-Day Memorial. Classroom teachers may reproduce copies for classroom use only.
Click on the lessons plans below and use them in conjunction with the Countdown to D-Day information.