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Posted on Dec 15, 2010 in War College

MAP OF THE MONTH: D-Day and Battles for Normandy

By Armchair General

Click map to see animation of Allied movements from the D-Day invasions to the liberation of Paris. Courtesy The Map as History.

Armchair General has partnered with The Map as History, a company that produces outstanding animated maps with accompanying narration. Each month, a link to one of their animated maps will be featured on the ACG site.

This month’s map explores the D-Day landings and the battles for Normandy in the summer of 1944. The map displays in animated fashion the locations of the five invasion beaches where the Allies came ashore, then shows their routes of advance from early June to late August 1944, when Paris was liberated and British and Canadian armies crossed the Seine.


Click on the map above to view animation.

To learn more about the D-Day invasions and the battles for Normandy, click on the titles of online articles below.

D-Day: Sixty-five Years Later
Historian Carlo D’Este reflects on the Normandy invasion and what it meant to freedom.

U.S. Army’s 90th Division: The Tough Hombres’ Battle in Normany
The "Tough Hombres" Division vs. 6th Fallschirmjager

World War II: Closing the Falaise Pocket
The Polish 1st Armored Division’s desperate fight at Chambois

World War II: 12 SS Hitlerjugend Panzer Division Fought in Normandy
Hitler Youth vs. Canadians around Caen


  1. Hey nice map, where are the Canadians? There were five beaches on D-Day – Canada had one of them – Juno. Where is Juno? Juno and its’ 10% of total forces? Juno and the country with the highest percent per capita of any of the three major countries invading? We want Juno! We want Juno!

  2. I retract my previous e-mail. Sorry I did not click on the animation, all is forgiven by me and please forgive me my rude remarks.

  3. Will not be in Normandy next week for the 68th anniversary. Still working with D-Day maps. The ones I have work great with google-earth. Almost like being there, and not leaving the desk!



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