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D-Day: The Day That Changed a War


Throughout history, there have been significant events that stand out because they changed the course of history. The assassinations of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. are just a few moments in history that changed how we live and think. During World War II, the day the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-controlled France, became the day that ultimately led to the end of World War II.

June 6, 1944 was the day the Allied troops set off across the English Channel to overtake Nazi-controlled France. This would allow the troops to forge ahead further inland in order to take back the areas that were controlled by the Nazis. Prior to June 6th, the Allies worked together on a plan to mislead the Nazis of the upcoming invasion plan. The actual invasion plan was known as “Operation Overlord.” The Allies trained heavily prior to the day known as D-Day in order to ensure success. June 5th was the actual date chosen for the invasion; however, bad weather delayed their plan to the 6th.

Without the sacrifices and abundant courage of Allied troops, World War II would have dragged on even longer and many more lives would have been lost.

Books and Movies within our catalog to be put on hold:

D-Day: Last Words (DVD)

D-Day and Normandy: A Visual History by Anthony Richards

Eyewitness: D-Day (DVD)

The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II by Alex Kershaw

I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis (juvenile title: book and downloadable audiobook)

D-Day Survivor (DVD)

E-books within our catalog through Overdrive, Libby, or Hoopla:

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose

D-Day: The Air and Sea Invasion of Normandy in Photos by Nicholas A. Veronico

D-Day Bombers: The Veterans’ Story by Stephen Darlow

D-Day 1944 – Air Power Over the Normandy Beaches and Beyond by Richard P. Hallion

D-Day for Kids by Bold Kids

Movies available through Hoopla:

D-Day (1962)

D-Day: The Untold Stories (2019)

D-Day Assassins (2019)

D-Day Survivor (2017)

D-Day: The American Way (2005)

Online Databases for additional information and research on D-Day.

Go through the library webpage of Online Resources to find the link to each database:

  • World Book Kids
  • World Book Student
  • Digital Video Collection
  • Lincoln Library Online
  • TOPICsearch