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The Daily Gallery
June 6, 2013
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, led by the U.S., stormed a 50-mile stretch of beach in Normandy, France. Despite the onslaught of German defense from the cliffs, the Allied powers were able to overtake the beach, ultimately leading to a German surrender of Normandy, and providing an essential victory on the mission to defeat Hitler.

As practically none of us were in the boats or on the beaches that day in 1944, our only real graphic reference and tool in creating a visual historical narrative of D-Day are the images that survived the event. Robert Capa's frames are miraculous for many reasons, but their greatest power lies in their seminal nature, the way they have influenced our collective "memory" of one of modern history's most significant battles.