A Brief Biography of William the Conqueror

An accomplished diplomat, gifted military commander, and ruthless overlord. By Mark CartwrightHistorian Introduction William the Conqueror (c. 1027-1087 CE), also known as William, Duke of Normandy and William the Bastard, led the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 CE when he defeated and killed his rival Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings. Crowned King[…]

D-Day Succeeded Thanks to an Ingenious Design Called the Mulberry Harbours

How engineers helped the Allies defeat Nazi Germany and win World War II. Introduction When Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology: artificial ports. To stage[…]

Operation Overlord: Remembering D-Day in Photographs, 75 Years Later

Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day, was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Launched on June 6, 1944, it targeted roughly fifty miles of coastline in Normandy, France. D-Day’s success guaranteed the defeat of Nazi Germany. The Road to D-Day D-Day took more than two years to plan. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British[…]

D-Day, 1944

It was the first stage in the liberation of western Europe and a major step towards the defeat of Nazi Germany. Operation Overlord Overview “Under the command of General Eisenhower, Allied naval forces, supported by strong air forces, began landing Allied armies on the northern coast of France.” – First Overlord communiqué, 6 June 1944.[…]