World War II veterans, world leaders and re-enactors gather this week on the beaches of France for events commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. June 6th marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and “Operation Overlord”, a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.
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Normandy Veterans gathered at Bayeux War Cemetery in France, for a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Across Normandy several hundred of the surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign assembled to commemorate the D-Day landings which eventually led to the Allied liberation of France in 1944. Next year, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the landings, is widely expected to be the last time that the veterans will gather in any great number.
May 9 Photo Brief: Victory Day celebrations in Europe, Tom Cruise in China and Cleveland kidnappers appear in court
World War II Victory Day celebrations across Europe, people jump from a burning high rise in Pakistan, Tom Cruise tours China for his movie “Oblivion,” the Cleveland kidnappers are charged in court and more in today’s daily brief.
Jan. 27 Photo Brief: Deadly night in a club in Brazil, Indonesian Zombie Club, Pigs Carvers Festival, 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
Nightclub fire kills 245 in Brazil, Indonesian Zombie Club, Pigs Carvers Festival, 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and more in today’s daily brief.
Oct. 3 will mark 70 years since the first V-2 rocket was launched. It is considered to be the world’s first long-range combat missile and was used in deadly attacks on England by the Germans in the closing months of WWII. The V-2 rocket is the precursor to rockets developed in the lead up to the arms and space travel races. The photos below are from the Getty Images archive.
For many, Memorial Day marks a day of remembrance, honoring military men and women who died while serving their country. It has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. Here are scenes from around the country of Americans remembering the fallen.
After Adolf Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945, the occupying German armies began surrendering in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ultimately, Germany signed an unconditional surrender, signaling the defeat of the Nazi Germany regime. VE Day (Victory in Europe) is commonly celebrated on May 8, while the countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate the day on May 9.
The following compilation includes scenes from, and revolving around, Victory Day across the ocean.