Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Operation Neptune

On June 6, 1944, the Allied Expeditionary Force under the supreme command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, invaded Western Europe with the landings made at Normandy, France.   The invasion force was divided between Eastern (British) and Western (American) naval forces.   The Eastern Naval Task Force was led by Admiral Sir Bertram H. Ramsay, RN.  The Western Force, (TF-122), was led by Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, USN, onboard USS Augusta (CA-31).    The American force was broken down into two assault forces:  TF-124, led by Rear Admiral John L. Hall, Jr. (Omaha Beach), and TF-125, led by Rear Admiral Don P. Moon (Utah Beach).  Commanding the U.S. Army forces was General Omar N. Bradley, USA.   British and Canadian troops assaulted the areas code-named "Gold", "Juno", and "Sword."   

Image:  26-G-2349:  Normandy Invasion, June 1944.   Troops and crewmen aboard a Coast Guard manned LCVP as it approaches a Normandy beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph, now in the collections at the National Archives.