On this day 75 years ago, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the grips of Nazi tyranny. These pictures show the faces of D-Day in remarkable color.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on June 6, 2019, at 11:22 a.m. ET
Landing craft approach Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The soldiers are protecting their weapons with Pliofilm covers against the wetness. These US Army infantry men are amongst the first to attack the German defenses.
Left: Roadside tents awaiting soldier occupants shortly before the D-Day invasion of France. Right: An American corporal stacks cans of gasoline in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in preparation for the upcoming invasion.
American combat engineers eat atop boxes of ammunition being stockpiled for the impending invasion.
American troops of the 7th Naval Beach Battalion training in Britain before their deployment at Omaha Beach.
Left: Pilots from an Australian Spitfire squadron are briefed by a commanding officer at an RAF base in southern England before D-Day. Right: American troops load jeeps aboard a landing craft in England.
American troops board a landing craft in Weymouth, England, before the invasion of France.
American soldiers await the signal to begin the D-Day invasion.
Planes of the 344th Bomb Group lead the IX Bomber Command formations on D-Day.
United States Rangers from E Company, 5th Ranger Battalion, on board a landing craft bound for the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach.
This digitally colorized image of “Into the Jaws of Death,” a photograph by Robert F. Sargent of the United States Coast Guard, shows troops disembarking from a landing craft onto Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
On Omaha Beach, men of the 5th or 6th Engineer Special Brigade tend to the dead and injured.
A crashed Allied plane burns in a field during the fighting in Normandy.
Left: Soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division set up a mortar on Juno Beach where they landed on D-Day on the outskirts of Bernières-sur-Mer. Right: Capt. Dale E. Elkins uses his specially constructed camera to document the battle.
US soldiers pilot an amphibious “duck” as it comes ashore in the wake of the D-Day invasion.
American soldiers amid the rubble of a heavily damaged town in the wake of the D-Day invasion.
An abandoned German machine gun is left on the roof of a building.
Army soldiers and vehicles make their way through the ruins of Saint-Lô. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there.
A group of American soldiers examine a destroyed tank in the wake of D-Day.
French townspeople wave at arriving Allied forces in Normandy, France.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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