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Photograph No. 111-SC-194399 (War and Conflict Number 1040); "General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. "Full victory-nothing else" to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe," June 5, 1944. (National Archives Identifier 531217)
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Records Relating to D-Day
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D-Day, June 6, 1944, was part of the larger Operation Overlord and the first stages of the Battle of Normandy, France (also referred to as the Invasion of Normandy) during World War II. It was the culmination of the Allied powers strategy for the war and a multinational effort. The success of the D-Day invasion facilitated the opening of the Western Front of the War.

The National Archives (NARA) has in its holdings a multitude of records related to D-Day and its surrounding events. The records are held by various Archival units and are in many formats. This page provides a list of selected records to show the variety of information available as well as links to relevant resources.

Many records relating to D-Day are described in NARA’s Online Catalog

View Our United News Video Clip on D-Day

Citation: Reel No. 208-UN-106 (RG 208: Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951; Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels, compiled 1942 - 1945); "D-Day 1944".
(National Archives Identifier 39013)

Selected List of Textual Records at NARA Relating to D-Day

Meteorological & Climatological Situation:

The following series contains information related to the meteorological situation on the days leading up to D-Day, which had a significant factor on the chain of events. Also included are reports about the sun, moon and tides.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); G-3 (Operations) Division; Meteorological Section
RG 331 Entry UD-31C; Numeric Files
1 Box
National Archives Identifier 601510

D-Day Message and Other Messages:

"D-Day 'Order of the Day', statement as issued to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force," June 6, 1944. (National Archives Identifier 186473)
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The following series contains information from a wide range of time and events. Decimal 335.18-2 contains information relating to D-Day, including the D-Day message Eisenhower issued to the troops participating in the invasion as well as other messages, notices and correspondence related to the dissemination of Eisenhower’s message.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); Adjutant General's Division; Executive Section
RG 331 Entry NM8 56; Decimal Files, 1944 – 1945
208 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 613030

Invasion Planning:

The following three series contain information related to the planning of the invasion covering a wide variety of topics including possible invasion locations, bombing targets, fleet composition, obstacles on beaches as well as underwater and deception plans.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); G-2 (Intelligence) Division; Operational Intelligence Sub-Division
RG 331 Entry NM-8 12; Numeric Subject Files, 1943 - 08/1944
6 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 572342

Department of the Navy; Cruiser Division Seven
RG 313 Entry A-1 184; Correspondence and Communications Files, 04/14/1944 - 09/28/1944
27 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 596804

Department of the Army; The Adjutant General's Office;
RG 407 Entry NM-3 427D; WWII Operations Reports: Pre-Invasion Planning, 1940-1948
Boxes 19216-19320
National Archives Identifier 305275

Note: This series covers a wider range of time and events than just D-Day and the Normandy Invasion.

Naval Operations:

The following series contains information related to the naval operations of D-Day.

War Department; European Theater of Operations; U.S. Army; Historical Division
RG 498 Entry UD 580; Operation Neptune Report
2 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5821670

Reports, Communications, Correspondence Files:

The following series contain information related to reports, communications, and correspondence at various levels of command related to D-Day.

War Department; U.S. Forces; European Theater of Operations; Historical Division
RG 498 Entry UD 618; Reports Relating to Operation OVERLORD, 1944-1945
2 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5880333

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF); G-4 Division; Executive Section
RG 331 Entry NM8 34; Decimal Correspondence Files, 1944 – 1945
218 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 602967

Note: This series covers a wider range of time and events than just D-Day and the Normandy Invasion.

Battle Participation Awards:

The following series contains information related to awards files for participation in D-Day.

War Department; U.S. Forces; European Theater, Adjutant General Section
RG 498 Entry UD 422; Records Related to Battle Participation Awards for the Battle of Normandy, 1944 – 1946
2 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 5730570

Background Files on D-Day Publications:

The following series contains the background files for Gordon A. Harrison’s "Cross Channel Attack", which is an in depth publication of D-Day published by the U.S. Army.

Department of Defense; Department of the Army; Office of the Chief of Military History
RG 319 Entry P 92; Background Files to the Study "Cross Channel Attack", 1947 – 1954
5 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 2133216

Anniversary Commemorations:

The following series contains information related to milestone anniversaries of D-Day and the Normandy Invasion. Some documents relate to a much larger World War II commemoration, but have extensive files on D-Day. The records relate to press coverage, speeches, plans and briefing files, photos, various heads of state participation, other nations schedules of events, as well as veterans and unit participation accounts.

Department of Defense; Department of the Army. U.S; 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Committee
RG 335 Entry A1 1017; Reports Relating to Commemorations of the Battle of Normandy and Other Battles in Europe, 1993 – 1995
5 Boxes
National Archives Identifier 6861860

Requesting and Researching Records:

If you find records of interest in NARA’s Online Catalog (OPA), please note which NARA facility has custody of the item, file unit, collection or series. Requests can be sent to: inquire@nara.gov. Please include the following information in your request:

  • Record Group number or Collection information
  • Series title
  • National Archives Identifier number and title for the file unit or item
  • Container number (if available)

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Other NARA Resources:

"D-Day and the Normandy Invasion" Virtual Exhibit on Google Cultural Institute

DocsTeach World War II Page with D-Day Images Included

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library D-Day Page

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library Twitter Page

The National Archives Experience Digital Vaults Information on D-Day

Prologue Publication Article Vol. 46, No. 1 Spring 2014 - "Ok, We'll Go", Just What Did Ike Say When He Launched the D-Day Invasion 70 Years Ago? by Tim Rives

Prologue Publication Article Vol. 38, No. 3 Fall 2006 - D-Day Classroom: Eisenhower Library Program Offers Students Lessons in History and Leadership

Teaching With Documents: D-Day Message from General Eisenhower to General Marshall

Teaching With Documents: Message Drafted by General Eisenhower in Case the D-Day Invasion Failed and Photographs Taken on D-Day

Today's Document D-Day Page

Other U.S. Government Agency Links:

"Cross Channel Attack" from the U.S. Army Center of Military History’s by Gordon A. Harrison

Normandy Invasion, June 1944 - Overview and Special Image Selection from the Naval History & Heritage Command

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