Landing inside Drop Zone T off the coast of Normandy, 34 Soldiers with the Battalion (Airborne), Parachute Infantry Regiment, participated in a historic parachute jump with paratroopers from around the world June 7 commemorating the anniversary of D-Day.
A sign outside Trinity Church, New York City, inviting worshippers to 'Come in and pray for Allied victory' in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Vintage b&w NYC photo.
Until the very last minute, the place of invasion - Normandy - was the most heavily guarded secret on the planet.Even the units conducting the initial assaults did not know the locations of their landings. Surprise was crucial since Germany had 55 divisions in France - the Allies could transport no more than 8 divisions on D-Day morning. It is estimated that nearly 2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen were involved in Operation Overlord.