D-Day The Map:

Invasion: How the most complex attack ever conceived turned the tide of World War II

GLIDERS AND PARATROOPERS The vanguard of the Allied armies was supposed to swoop in silently behind enemy lines, but little went according to plan. Paratroopers were scattered for miles across the countryside, some coming down directly into towns. Many wood-and-canvas gliders were raked by German fire or crashed into unexpectedly large hedgerows. But by the end of D-day, British commandos had captured key bridges near Caen, and Americans held large pockets inland from Utah Beach

C-47 Transport Workhorse aircraft also carried paratroopers but not while towing gliders

Air Armada Allied bombers and fighters flew more than 14,000 mission on D-day, pounding...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!