From 7 June
to 29 August 1944

Normandy, summer 1944

Code-named Overlord, the great Allied offensive was launched on 6 June 1944 to open up a new front and liberate Europe. The first objective was to land troops and then equipment along the Normandy coast starting at dawn on 6 June.

The Battle of Normandy began the next day with the aim of taking control of ports, airfields and material depots. On 7 June British troops who had landed on Gold Beach (Arromanches) liberated Bayeux. The town suffered no damage and became an essential support base for supplying the armies and receiving the wounded in liberated territory.

Historical sites of the Battle of Normandy