June 2009

Bonus Features

Videos, photos, articles, and links that expand on the printed magazine issue



Photo gallery: Americans on D-Day

Follow American fighting men as they prepare for and launch the great Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944.


Article: Dieppe D-day

Two years before the Allies launched their full-scale invasion of German-occuppied France, they tested themselves with a raid on the port city of Dieppe. They learned that they had a lot to learn.

Video: Germany crushes the D-Day invasion?

Watch a wartime German newsreel footage and see how the Nazi government made German civilians think the Allied invasion of Normandy was another victory for the Third Reich.


Article: Patton’s ghost army

The army General George Patton fielded for the 1944 Normandy Invasion was unlike any other. It was a complete and unabashed fake.

Photo gallery: Ghost army shoulder patches

GIs moved about in British towns wearing these insignia for the fake units of Patton’s phantom army so that spies would see them and report back to Hitler. From the Ramkas Collection.

Link: Ask Private Ryan

The Saving Private Ryan Online Encyclopedia has answers for your questions about D-Day equipment, weapons, and more.

Link: Visiting D-Day’s beaches

Whether you’re heading to France or just traveling “virtually,” let Normandie Memoire be your guide.

Link: Chutes over Normandy

Learn more about the predawn jumps of US paratroopers and their activities in and around on D-Day at the website of the Airborne Museum in Sainte Mère-Église.

Link: One man’s D-Day tribute

Frank C. Everards has put together a huge online collection of D-Day veterans’ firsthand accounts of June 6, 1944, with lots of supporting material.