Overlord

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Overlord is my first ‘app’ – developed so that I could include as many images as possible in a history of the Allied campaign to invade Europe in 1944 – codename ‘Overlord’. The history of the planning that led up ‘D-Day’, from Eisenhower and Montgomery’s arrival back in England in January 1944 through to ‘D-Day’ itself, then the campaign in Normandy and on to the fall of Paris at the end of August 1944. All this is presented in a timeline that illustrates just how tight the timeframe for this incredible operation truly was. Pictures in the timeline link into the main body of images which are presented in a slideshow of over 700 contemporary photographs.

Because there are so many images I have also presented selected groups of them in several ‘Guided Tours’. These explore different aspects of the operation in more detail – an ‘Overview’, the events of ‘D-Day’ itself, a study of the Allied Bombing of France, and a guided tour of the building and operation of the Mulberry harbours.

Overlord is a pictorial history of the operation to launch ‘D-Day’ on 6th June 1944. Over 700 contemporary images from the American, British, Canadian and German archives illustrate the build up to the invasion of Normandy, the airborne and amphibious landings, and the subsequent battles.

‘Overlord’ is now available from the App Store –

14 thoughts on “Overlord”

  1. Thank you for the wonderful photos in Operation Overlord. My father was a Commando who went across on D Day and was photographed digging in at Pegasus Bridge with a Horsa glider in the background. He was a Signalman with Lord Lovat’s Special Service Brigade, and it’s they who are digging the trench in the photograph, not the Royal Ulster Rifles as suggested. The only place I have seen this accurately recorded is at the DDay museum in Caen. My grandmother was a teacher and the photo, which was published in a newspaper, was brought into class for her by one of her pupils. The image is preserved as part of our family history. My father, John Stewart Pollock, is the Commando on the left turning to look at the camera.

    Many thanks again for compiling such a large number of photos of this momentous time in our history.

  2. An amazing app. I am a military historian and I really like the layout. Good job.. Tony.

  3. At the moment the development costs are too high for me but I have not discounted developing for Android in the future.

  4. Brilliant!

    Loads of pictures that I have never seen before. I have read many books about D-Day but this brings it all together, I learnt new stuff, especially about the Mulberry harbours.

  5. Niels

    Fortunately I do not have to speak Danish to be able to appreciate your comments …

    “I must commend WW2 Today as a fantastic way to be led through the war on.
    September 2014 I visited the Normandy beaches, and was fortunate to meet a veteran on the great War cemetery at Omaha Beach. I write in a group on Facebook for D-day
    and also use this material on Facebook. But how do I download the many fantastic Images from the newsletters I receive? Do You have to write this in English?
    Mvh
    Niels Pedersen Mørup”

    You should be able to access images from the website using drag and drop to your computer desktop, or by right clicking. See my FAQ about use of images.

    regards

    Martin

  6. Jeg må rose WW2 to Day som en helt fantastisk måde at blive ført gennem krigen på.
    September 2014 besøgte jeg Normandiets strande, og var så heldig at møde en veteran på
    den store krigskirkegaard ved Omaha Beach. Jeg skriver i en Gruppe på Facebook om D-dag,
    og bruger også dette materiale på Facebook. Men hvordan downloader jeg de mange fantastiske
    billeder fra de nyhedsbreve, jeg modtager? Do You have to write this in English?
    Mvh
    Niels Mørup Pedersen
    Horsehøj 26
    4000 Roskilde

  7. Just downloaded your D Day app and would like to say it’s brilliantwe can do with more of the same.
    It may be a it of a dum question but how do I add World War II Today to my home screen ?
    Once again a very good app keep up the good work.

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