Before and After D-Day: Color Photos From England and France

On this day, 70 years ago, 156,000 American and allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Following the invasion of Italy the previous year, the amphibious landings at Gold, Juno, Omaha and Sword beaches marked the beginning of the end for the German Third Reich in western Europe. To commemorate the most decisive day of World War Two, Life.com has republished these rarely-seen color photographs of the build-up and aftemath of D-Day.

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