June Activities: Commemorate D-Day at 75 with Britannica School
June 6, 2019
June 6, 1944: Reinforcements disembarking from a landing barge at Normandy during the Allied Invasion of France on D-Day. (IMAGEQUEST: Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
Summer 2019 marks 75 years since the Normandy Invasion, also known as Operation Overlord, during World War II. D-Day—June 6, 1944—was the first day of the Allied invasion of western Europe and involved the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. By the end of August 1944, all of northern France was liberated, and the Allied forces continued their long fight to bring an end to the Nazi regime.
Join Britannica as we look at articles, maps, videos, images, and primary sources that cast a light on this very important military operation!
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Now what? Make it stick with these original activity guides:
ELEMENTARY ACTIVITY: Imagine you are a U.S. soldier in WWII. Write a letter home to your friend or family and explain the events of D-Day so that the reader can easily understand it. Use the letter format linked below.
SECONDARY ACTIVITY: Retell the events of D-Day using images that you find online, either in Britannica School or elsewhere. Use the Timeline graphic organizer below to help plot out your photo essay.