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Posted on Jun 6, 2004 in War College

Minute by Minute D-Day Timeline

By Shane Sohnle

Armchair General is proud to present you with a minute by minute account of the major events of D-Day, June 6th, 1944.


In preparation for the invasion, artillery equipment is loaded aboard LCTs at an English port. Brixham, England. 1 June 1944. Photo by Nehez. SC206438 (Click to enlarge)


00:15 hrs
17,000 British and American glider and paratroopers drop behind enemy lines into Normandy.

00:35 hrs
Orne Canal and River bridges secured by British Airborne troops.

01:00 hrs
Man battle stations order given to first Navy hands. The process of lowering the landing craft into the water begins; Airborne troops on shore disrupt communications by knocking down telephone poles and severing phone lines.


02:00 hrs
In England, the first wave of bombers are launched to attack targets in the vicinity of the beachheads.

03:00 hrs
Airborne troops are reinforced by additional glider troops.

03:09 hrs
Allied invasion fleet detected by German radar. German shore batteries ordered to prepare for invasion by Admiral Krancke.

03:30 hrs
Assault troops begin boarding the landing craft.

04:30 hrs
Merville battery captured by the British, clearing the path for the landing on Sword Beach.

05:30 hrs
Allies begin bombardment of the beaches; American troops land at St. Marcouf, an island off Utah Beach held by the Germans.

06:00 hrs
German 7th Army HQ learns of heavy bombardment by the Allied forces.

06:30 hrs
H-Hour on Omaha and Utah Beaches.

07:00 hrs
The first landing wave on Omaha Beach becomes pinned down; U.S. Rangers begin to scale Pointe-du-Hoc.

07:30 hrs
H-Hour on and Sword and Gold Beaches.

07:45 hrs
On Utah Beach, American forces begin advancing inland from the beachhead. H-Hour on Juno Beach.

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  1. this is very good. i am currently in the 10th grade and i am working on teaching the class on the battle of D-Day. i see im not the only one who has done there home work lol.

    • i have the same name but im in 8th and im doing an exit project and a time line is required and it hasnt helped me much

      • i am in 8th grade and i’m doing a multi genre project that requires a timeline of events

    • Hey, my name is Aaron too and crazily Im in 10th grade and Im giving a speech on D-Day.

    • My name ISN’T Aaron as you can see…but I’m also doing a project on Operation Overlord (D-Day), I’m doing a childrens book, and I’m in 11th grade! I’m better because I just am (JK!! I just cant think of a good reason)!!! I just thought of a reason….I go to the top 26th highschool in the nation!!!!! Aw snap your jealous!!! JK luv u strangers!!!!!!!!! <3

    i am also in 10th grade..
    this is very helpful. 😡

    • losers GOD

      • Brad you are a numbnuts


  4. I an very pleased

    • me too

  5. This did not help me very much.

    • agree with theo

  6. i dont get any of thissss.. :/

    • Sometimes you need to look for the hidden meaning of things. Keep reading the selection and you will get it eventualy if not let me know.

  7. So I’m confused…What is the date this all happens on!?

  8. I’m 62 years old/young and r still learning ! Lol ! This really helps out to understand and see why so many decisions were made on that day. Thank you so very much for doing this.

  9. Nice listing; thank you. I noticed a small typo under 2000 hours, though: the correct name of the town is Colleville sur Mer, not Med.

    • Thanks for catching that typo, Brian. It has been corrected.


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