The 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st Division, the 4th Division, the 29th Division, and the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions, supported by the 1st, 5th and 6th Engineer Special Brigades (each nearly the size of a division) stormed ashore the rustic Cotentin peninsula.
For all the fighting and dying and killing the Allies had undertaken from September 1939 to this day in 1944, that was all secondary effort. This, to come to grips with the Wehrmacht, the German army, to drive to the heart of the Nazi regime and gut it, to put down the rabid dog of national socialism. Eleven more months of fighting were to come. And they would be, for the US, the bloodiest months of the war.