On 6 June 1944, the Allied forces opened up a second front in Normandy to liberate France from the German occupation. 90,000 Allied troops landed on the Omaha Beach, codename for Coleville-Sur-Mer. Many were killed by German troops but the Allies managed to defeat the Germans, thus liberating France in the coming months.
Robert Capa, a war correspondent and photographer for LIFE magazine, landed with the 16th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division on Omaha Beach to photograph the landing. For 90 minutes during the first wave of landings, Capa used four rolls of 35mm film which were to be rushed back to London to make the deadline for the next issue of LIFE. Unfortunately, all but 11 images were destroyed. Four of the images are shown here.