D-Day

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, is considered by military historians as arguably the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here for a comprehensive guide to D-Day or scroll down to see more posts.

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, is considered by military historians as arguably the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here for a comprehensive guide to D-Day or scroll down to see more posts.


5 Compelling D-Day First-Hand Accounts, From Warfare History Network

The following article on D-Day first-hand accounts is a guest post from Warfare History Network. Please visit their site for photos, maps, and first-hand accounts from history’s most important conflicts. A paratrooper, a beachmaster, a combat engineer, British commandos, and Vierville civilians all give their accounts of the Allied invasion of…

79th Armoured Division

79th Armoured Division: Britain’s Normandy Tank Force

The following article on the 79th Armoured Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Maj. Gen. Sir Percy C. S. Hobart commanded the 79th Armoured Division, the primary British tank force in Normandy. His division was composed of the First Tank Brigade, Thirtieth…

phonetic alphabet

Phonetic Alphabet: How Soldiers Communicated

Phonetic alphabets are at least as old as radio communications, meeting the need for precise transmission of alpha-numeric information, such as map grids. During World War II all combatant nations had standardized phonetics, though the Allies’ multiple systems frequently overlapped. For instance, in 1941 the U.S. Army and Navy had…

d-day airborne operations

D-Day Airborne Operations: Death From Above

The following article on D-Day airborne operations is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  In the fifteenth century Leonardo Da Vinci envisioned airborne soldiers, and in the nineteenth century Napoleon Bonaparte pondered invading Britain with French troops in hot-air balloons. But…

101st Airborne Division

101st Airborne Division: Using Stealth on D-Day

The following article on the 101st Airborne Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The ‘‘Screaming Eagles’’ were activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, on 15 August 1942 under Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, who turned over to Maxwell D. Taylor…

1st Infantry Division

1st Infantry Division: The Big Red One

The following article on the 1st Infantry Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Tracing its heritage to the First World War, the 1st Infantry Division, also know as the ‘‘Big Red One,’’ became the most recognized U.S. Army formation…

82nd Airborne Division

82nd Airborne Division

The following article on the 82nd Airborne Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Activated by Maj. Gen. Omar N. Bradley at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, on 25 March 1942, the 82nd Airborne Division was designated an airborne formation on 15…

29th Infantry Division

29th Infantry Division: North and South Meet

The following article on the 29th Infantry Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Part of Maj. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow’s V Corps, the 29th Infantry Division was organized from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and District of Columbia National Guard units and…

4th Infantry Division

4th Infantry Division: Regiments and Batallions

The following article on the 4th Infantry Division is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Major General Raymond O. Barton’s ‘‘Ivy Division’’ was activated at Fort Benning, Georgia, on 1 June 1940 and was reorganized as the 4th Infantry Division that summer.…

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