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D-Day Footage and Videos from June 6, 1944

Updated on July 29, 2016
A dead soldier lies near an obstacle. Two guns mark his sacrifice.
A dead soldier lies near an obstacle. Two guns mark his sacrifice.

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On this site you will find various videos depicting the Allied invasion of mainland Europe on the shores of Normandy. I created this website because I could not find a good collection of authentic footage from D-Day. Some of these images remind us of the futility of war, as well as the bravery and fortitude of the disembarking soldiers.

Although films like Saving Private Ryan depict the landing scene as a brutal but quick ordeal, the landings actually took place over several hours and some beaches took over 24 hours to secure. Most landing craft hit land hundreds of yards away from the sand banks - soldiers had to drag their equipment in the sands under heavy machine gunfire along all this distance.

Please, take your time to study these videos and realize what these soldiers faced on June 6, 1944.

Great live video of the actual landings and German defenses

Excert from documentary "VE Day"

Silent Video of Invasion

Canadian landing on Juno Beach

Similar footage of the video above of Juno Beach Landing

Very informational video with live footage

Full Timeline of D-Day with live footage and epic pictures

Long Documentary with incredible footage of landings and aftermath

An epic photograph of a soldier swimming towards shore.
An epic photograph of a soldier swimming towards shore.


If you are looking for more information, the sites below have fantastic resources on D-Day:

Soldiers struggle to get ashore. Note one soldier has already died and is floating in the water
Soldiers struggle to get ashore. Note one soldier has already died and is floating in the water
48 hours after D-day landing.
48 hours after D-day landing.
Soldiers scrample to get out of the water while under fire.
Soldiers scrample to get out of the water while under fire.

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      Leo Prendergadt 

      5 years ago

      I am in awe, I just spent six wonderful days in Normandy, and at sixty years of age ,for the first time realised the scale of debt we owe to every person who was involved in the D- day landings. I now realise that our history books fail to convey the real story, and the film companies make it real in an imaginary manner, the blood and loss of life that gave me ,and us all, our taken for granted freedoms ,should never be forgotten. God bless all that gave their lives for my freedom.

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      Pharma630 

      5 years ago

      Hello! ecbegkc interesting ecbegkc site! I'm really like it! Very, very ecbegkc good!

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      Paul Donohue 

      6 years ago

      Great collection of vids, my Granddad was at Pegasus bridge and the Rhine crossing.

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      Lancer_2013 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Dave, I read your hub on the missing Hurricane! Friggin awesome! And Ryan, the Canadians played a huge role in WWII. God Bless!

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      Ryan 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this. I totally agree, more people should be seeing this stuff. And most Canadians don't know about the significant role we played during the war.(I'm Canadian)

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      Dave Harris 

      7 years ago from Cardiff, UK

      Great hub Lancer 2013, very interesting video's here. I have written similair stuff in my hubs you may be interested in reading, thanks for sharing!

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      Lancer_2013 

      8 years ago

      The 29th division was one of FOUR american divisions operating on D-Day. They were specifically responsible for securing Omaha beach.

      Do you know what unit your father was in? The 116th Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Ranger Battalion were the two units assigned to Omaha from the 29th Div.

      Also, this website is a good source for information on the 29th Div. and has a full DVD set of the division. Maybe your father is in there.

      http://www.combatreels.com/29th_Infantry_Division_...

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      B. ( a soldier's daughter) 

      8 years ago

      I am looking for film footage that a Combat Photographer took while in a landing craft with the 29th Div. on the way to Omaha Beach. However, this particular footage may have been erroneously connected to the landing at Utah Beach. My father was in that landing craft and his face shows for about 3 seconds (but that is more than enough time for me!.

      I saw it on the Military Channel last year, and no one has been able to help me find it since then. Any suggestions, please

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      Lancer_2013 

      8 years ago

      Thank you! That is my exact intention of posting this.

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      king_saberhawk 

      8 years ago

      Great collection of video, more people should really be seeing this stuff.

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