• D-Day stories from the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to Berlin Germany
    From the beaches of Normandy to Berlin

    The history of D-Day and WW2

    Told by those who were there
  • Real stories of WW2 told by the men and women who were there
    How did people experience WW2

    What happened on D-Day?

    Survivors share their memories
  • What was the Holocaust in Europe and where did it take place?
    Never forget what happened

    Holocaust and concentration camps

    Atrocities of the Nazi regime
The D-Day, Normandy and Beyond website is based on eyewitness accounts of the Allied troops and Axis troops of WW2 who fought on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy. The veterans who crossed the English Channel and who took part in the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Sword Beah and Juno Beach. The men and women who came ashore on the coast of France during Operation Overlord and defeated the German army on June 6 1944. But also of the Holocaust victims and concentration camps survivors. Without forgetting the war on the Eastern front, the Pacific and the rest of Europe. This website can be used for education, personal interest as well as for research.

What was the Second World War?

World War 2 or WW2 was a global war that raged from 1939 to 1945. It involved the majority of the world's countries forming two opposing military alliances: Allied forces from the West (USA, Britain and Canada) and the Soviet Union in the East against the Axis forces (Germany, Italy and Japan). Involving more than 250 million armed forces personnel from more than 30 countries WW2 was the deadliest conflict in human history. Some 75 million people died including around 20 million military personnel and 40 million civilians. Most of these died because of deliberate genocide (Holocaust), massacres, mass-bombings, disease, and starvation. These stories need to be remembered. From D-day to Berlin and from the invasion of Poland to the final battles on the shore of the Pacific. But what was D-Day? D-Day was the the Allied answer to occupancy and hostile regime of Nazi Germany with the end goal of putting an end to WW2.
What happened on D-Day?

At 06:30 am on Tuesday June 6, 1944 Operation Neptune or D-Day (amphibious assault) is unleashed along a 60 mile stretch of coast between the Cotentin Peninsula and the Orne River in Normandy, France. The invasion on the shores of Normandy were part of Operation Overlord (Allied invasion of Normandy). Overlord was an Allied military operation of unprecedented scale, with an amphibious assault from Allied troops on the beaches combined with Allied airborne operations behind enemy lines inland. The amphibious assault focused on five separate beaches in Normandy codenamed Omaha, Utah (American sector), Gold, Sword (British sector), and Juno (Canadian sector). At the end of the day small beachheads had been secured. It would turn out to be the turning point of World War 2 in western Europe.

Who were the men and women who witnessed WW2?

They were all heroes in my eyes. Some of them are featured on my website. Some of them I knew personally. Not just veterans of D-Day are featured but veterans of the entire war. Also Holocaust survivors and civilian stories are featured on my website. Never forget that so many men and women gave all for your freedom!

My website has no political motives nor any financial gain what so ever and is merely a labour of love and a tribute to history and those who witnessed it. I hope you will enjoy your stay on my website and read a few of the many eyewitness stories featured on it.
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General Dwight D. Eisenhower Supreme Allied Commander in Europe on D-Day Normandy
“Get it all on record now get the films get the witnesses, because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

This website is made in honor of the veterans and the victims of WWII.
Adolf Hitler's rise to power
Because of great dissatisfaction with the loss of the WW1 and the poor economic condition in which Germany found itself in, Dietrich Eckart a German anti-Semitic völkisch poet, playwright, journalist, publicist, and political activist was one of the founders of the German Workers' Party, the predecessor to the Nazi Party.

Adolf Hitler became involved with the German Workers Party. The later Nazi Party NSDAP (National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei). Eckart was a key influence on Adolf Hitler in the early years of the Party, the original publisher of the party newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter ("People's Observer"). But Hitler set the violent tone of the movement by forming the paramilitary Sturmabteilung (SA) with Ernst Röhm. Catholic Bavaria resented rule from Protestant Berlin and Hitler at first saw revolution in Bavaria as a means to power. An early attempt at a coup d'état, the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, proved fruitless and Hitler was imprisoned (along with Eckart, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess and Röhm) for leading the putsch.

He used this time to write Mein Kampf his personal view on the world and society in general. But Hitler has learned from the failed coup attempt, he decided on the tactic of pursuing power through legal means rather than seizing control of the government by force. To get the whole of Germany behind the NSDAP and an all-out war, a common enemy was found in the Jews. The NSDAP or Hilter's party propagated social Darwinist theories. They saw the Germanic "Aryan" race as the most developed race and considered it their task to subdue or exterminate "lesser" races.

In his book Hitler stated that the living space or "Lebensraum" of the Germanic people was too small. The party also called for change in the social and economic structure of Germany. The Nazi's saw the Jews as inferior and unwanted members (Untermenschen) of society. Shortly after he came to power in 1933, Hitler instituted the first measures to exclude Jews in Germany from public life. Jews were getting less and less freedom. From 1933 onwards Jews were no longer allowed to hold government positions and the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935 deprived Jews of citizenship. Marriage and sexual relations between Jews and non-Jews are also restricted.
The 'Kristallnacht'
In 1938 it comes to the first major action against Jews. After the attack by 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan on the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath on the German embassy in Paris, who died two days later as a result of his injuries, the German population is incited against the Jewish population. All Jews are held responsible for this attack. Grynszpan was expelled from Hanover with his family earlier that year as part of anti-Jewish measures. During the "Kristallnacht" from 9 to 10 November, shops, houses and synagogues belonging to Jews are destroyed. Thousands of Jews are arrested and deported to concentration camps.
The 'Endlösung' or Final Solution
As the "Endlösung" or “Final Solution” for short, the National Socialists called their goal since July 1941 of murdering all those who they defined as Jews in Europe and beyond, which they systematically pursued until the Wehrmacht surrendered unconditionally. The segregation of Jews in ghettos culminated in the policy of extermination the Nazis called the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question", discussed by senior Nazi officials at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin on 20th January 1942. This would lead to the Holocaust or the systematic murder of the European Jews.
The Star of David
Why were the Jews forced to wear the Star of David?
The Star of David was a badge that Jews had to wear during WW2. It served to identify Jews, as well as the "J" stamp in their ID cards. The star had to be worn on the clothes on the left side at chest level.

Jews as enemies of the state

Anti Jewish poster from the German Ministry of Propaganda
Joseph Goebbels, leader of the ministry of propaganda, used every opportunity to blame the Jews for everything, including the impending war.
On June 6 1944 D-Day, the invasion of occupied France, began

June 6 1944, D-Day Normandy

The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began with the liberation of German-occupied France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable.
Eisenhower's letter to the troops before D-Day, Normandy in WW2
Famous letter written by General Dwight D. Eisenhower to the troops who were about to embark on Operation Overlord.

D-Day, June 6th 1944
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