The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

US troops prepare to storm the shore of Normandy on June 6, 1944 -  STF/AFP/Getty Images

US troops prepare to storm the shore of Normandy on June 6, 1944

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The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

This week marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, when Allied soldiers invaded France to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. It was one of the bloodiest days in American history since the Civil War. A look back at D-Day and its legacy.

This week marks the seventieth anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied forces took part in one of the biggest invasions in history. The effort to liberate France from the Germans was the bloodiest day in American military history since the Civil War. Nearly 2,500 Americans lost their lives. World leaders, including President Obama, are in Normandy this week to commemorate the anniversary. Diane and a panel of guests about the significance of D-Day and why it still resonates today.

Guests

John McManus

historian, author and professor, US military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the author of "The Dead and Those About to Die; D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach."

Ronald Spector

professor of history and international affairs, The George Washington University. He formerly taught at the National War College and U.S. Army War College.

Rick Atkinson

author, "The Liberation Trilogy," three volumes of history about the US military's role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. He has won Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting and for his book "An Army At Dawn."

Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer

President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation with a prayer after the invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

Watch A Featured Cliip

This color film, hosted on the BBC , offers a retrospective at the D-Day attack.

Read A Featured Excerpt

Excerpted from "The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach" by John McManus. © 2014. NAL/Penguin Random House.All Rights Reserved.

The Dead and Those About to Die

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