The landing begins on the night of June 5 to 6, 1944 with the dropping of airborne troops at the two flanks of the assault sector: the British in the area of Ranville (Sword, Juno and Gold Beach) and the Americans in the area of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Colleville (Utah and Omaha Beach).
On the same night at 3am the Royal Air Force bombarded the German artillery in the assault zone. Around 5.45 am at dawn the 3000 bombers are relayed by the naval artillery, which opens fire on the coast.
At the first light of day German soldiers discover the sea covered with ships. Thousands of LCA’s carry soldiers, vehicles and tanks approaching the coast.
From 6.30 am the first assault troops set foot on 5 beaches located between La Madeleine (Cotentin) and Ouistreham (Calvados): first on Utah and Omaha Beach then an hour later, due to the tidal shift, on Gold, Juno and Sword Beach.
At the end of the day the number of fallen, wounded, missing and captured allied soldiers amount to 10,500, the number of German losses to 10,000.