Minute by Minute D-Day Timeline
Armchair General is proud to present you with a minute by minute account of the major events of D-Day, June 6th, 1944.
In preparation for the invasion, artillery equipment is loaded aboard LCTs at an English port. Brixham, England. 1 June 1944. Photo by Nehez. SC206438 (Click to enlarge)
17,000 British and American glider and paratroopers drop behind enemy lines into Normandy.
Orne Canal and River bridges secured by British Airborne troops.
Man battle stations order given to first Navy hands. The process of lowering the landing craft into the water begins; Airborne troops on shore disrupt communications by knocking down telephone poles and severing phone lines.
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In England, the first wave of bombers are launched to attack targets in the vicinity of the beachheads.
Airborne troops are reinforced by additional glider troops.
Allied invasion fleet detected by German radar. German shore batteries ordered to prepare for invasion by Admiral Krancke.
Assault troops begin boarding the landing craft.
Merville battery captured by the British, clearing the path for the landing on Sword Beach.
Allies begin bombardment of the beaches; American troops land at St. Marcouf, an island off Utah Beach held by the Germans.
German 7th Army HQ learns of heavy bombardment by the Allied forces.
H-Hour on Omaha and Utah Beaches.
The first landing wave on Omaha Beach becomes pinned down; U.S. Rangers begin to scale Pointe-du-Hoc.
H-Hour on and Sword and Gold Beaches.
On Utah Beach, American forces begin advancing inland from the beachhead. H-Hour on Juno Beach.
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