Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

So many things could have gone wrong with the invasion of Normandy, but D-Day proved to be the beginning of the end of the war in Europe, as Germany faced a full-scale assault on two fronts with the full determination of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the American, British, and Canadian military. To commemorate the historic anniversary, the Gilder Lehrman Institute offers an essay on Operation Overlord by Antony Beevor, two letters written on D-Day by a soldier and his wife, and this video on D-Day by Professor Michael Neiberg, below.

The video is from our new Self-Paced Course on World War II presented by Professor Michael Neiberg, Chair of War Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College. He explores World War II from its roots in World War I through the Potsdam Conference and Hiroshima, shifting from Pacific to European theaters in tracing the contingencies that turned an isolationist United States into a superpower fighting two wars at once. Learn more about the course here.

And explore more resources on World War II from the Gilder Lehrman Institute here.