How The Washington Post covered D-Day 70 years ago, and more


This was The Washington Post's front page on June 6, 1944.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, here is a compilation of video and archival images.

 

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on the eve of the Normandy landings. More photos here.


General Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke with Lieutenant Wallace C. Strobel at Greenham Common airfield on the evening of June 5, 1944. Shortly after Gen. Eisenhower’s visit, the troops departed for Normandy. (Courtesy of The National WWII Museum)

 

Iconic photos from Life magazine

View of the ruins of the Palais de Justice in the town of St. Lo, France, summer 1944. The red metal frame in the foreground is what's left of an obliterated fire engine. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
View of the ruins of the Palais de Justice in the town of St. Lo, France, summer 1944. The red metal frame in the foreground is what's left of an obliterated fire engine. (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Video: A veteran recalls his experience.

At 20, Leo Scheer found himself far from Huntington, Ind., in the U.S. Navy swimming, then crawling into France under German fire at Normandy on June 6, 1944.

At 20, Leo Scheer found himself far from Huntington, Ind., in the U.S. Navy swimming then crawling into France under German fire at Normandy on June 6, 1944. (Lee Powell/The Washington Post)

Letter:  A U.S. soldier’s last one home before he died on D-Day

"Dear Ma, Just a few lines tonight to let you know that I'm fine."

(Courtesy of The National WWII Museum)
(Courtesy of The National WWII Museum)

Gallery: More images of the preparations and landing in Normandy

 

Swati Sharma is a digital editor for World and National Security and previously worked at the Boston Globe.

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