Remember D-Day With These Significant & Heart-Wrenching Photos

d dayToday marks the 68th anniversary of D-Day -- the day 29,000 American soldiers lost their lives as they stormed the beaches in Normandy, France. The essence of the Allied invasion was captured in Speilberg's film Saving Private Ryan, but despite that detailed re-creation, it's hard to really imagine what was going through the heads of the young men who were ordered to embark on what soon became one of the most important invasions in world history, one Obama said would "define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic."

Browse these D-Day photos to get a glimpse of the anticipation, the battle, and the chaos of that fateful June 6 in 1944. A picture is, after all, worth more than 1,000 words.

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Rick Wingender Sr

the statement that "the day 29,000 American soldiers lost their lives..." is incorrect...

The Allied casualties figures for D-Day have generally been estimated at 10,000, including 2500 dead. Broken down by nationality, the usual D-Day casualty figures are approximately 2700 British, 946 Canadians, and 6603 Americans. However recent painstaking research by the US National D-Day Memorial Foundation has achieved a more accurate - and much higher - figure for the Allied personnel who were killed on D-Day.

They have recorded the names of individual Allied personnel killed on 6 June 1944 in Operation Overlord, and so far they have verified 2499 American D-Day fatalities and 1915 from the other Allied nations, a total of 4414 dead (much higher than the traditional figure of 2500 dead).

The breakdown of US casualties was 1465 dead, 3184 wounded, 1928 missing and 26 captured. Of the total US figure, 2499 casualties were from the US airborne troops (238 of them being deaths). The casualties at Utah Beach were relatively light: 197, including 60 missing. However, the US 1st and 29th Divisions together suffered around 2000 casualties at Omaha Beach.


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