On the day of the invasion, American assault troops move onto Utah Beach as part of the Allied invasion of Europe on the northern coast of France on June 6, 1944.
Hitler's forces knew the invasion would come, and that it would be the decisive moment of the war. He just didn't know precisely when or where that attack would commence.
"This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that's the way it's going to be. We're going down there, and we're throwing everything we have into it, and we're going to make it a success."
Here are some of the tools the men carried on that historic day 70 years ago.
The M1 Garand,officially designated as United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1, was the standard issue semi-automatic rifle issues during WWII. Used also in the Korean War and even with limited use in Vietnam and up through 1963, Gen. George Patton called the weapon "the greatest battle implement ever devised."
US Army wool undershirt, a staple of comfort and survival during WWII.
Cap, Wool, Knit, M-1941. Often called the "Jeep cap." The Jeep Cap was a wool knit hat to be worn underneath the heavy M-1 combat helmets, offering soldiers extra comfort with both padding and warmth.
A 1943-dated 10-pocket ammo belt commonly worn during WWII used with both the Springfield and Garand Rifles.
WWII US Pistol Belt carried a soldiers sidearm.
The M-1 Garand Rifle Sling kept a troop's rifle close at hand during WWII.
The WWII M-1 Garand Bayonet and scabbard served as both an all purpose knife and a bayonet for his rifle.
The M-1910 T-handled shovel was used for digging trenches.
M-1910 pick mattock was a pick-axe that detached into two pieces for easy transport.
A simple, canvas first aid pouch typical of WWII.
A typical WWII soldier's canteen.
Early War Dinner Ration with wax paper covered inner box.
WWII Fire Control Rifle Gauge.
Great Navigators Stop Watch