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D-Day + 75: Arms of the Airborne

Seventy-five years ago, Allied troops invaded Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” to bring an end to Nazi tyranny, and many of them arrived by parachute or glider. They were the men of the British and American airborne, and they were well-armed indeed.

The Men and Guns of Pointe Du Hoc

On June 6, 1944, 225 men of the 2nd Raider Battalion, under the command of Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, took the German artillery position at Pointe du Hoc.

Special Presentation: The Guns of Omaha: D-Day Plus 75 Years

The Battle of Omaha Beach was not one battle, but six separate battles fought independent from one another.

The Keefe Report: “Remember Those Fellows”—D-Day Plus 74 Years

On this 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, we remember the words of Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces, General Dwight David Eisenhower, later President of the United States, and a proud Life member of the National Rifle Association.

Remembering D-Day Survivor Dr. Harold Baumgarten

Harold Baumgarten was chosen by fate to represent us on Omaha beach, and he did so by throwing his young body into the jaws of modern combat.

National D-Day Memorial Looks to Add Marine Corps Plaque

The National D-Day Memorial will soon add a “Marine Corps in the European Theater” narrative plaque—but only if they meet a $20,000 fundraising goal to support the initiative.

Keefe Report: M1 Garand—Save the Last Clip

Fully 80 years after the gun called by the U.S. Army Ordnance Department the “U.S. Semi-Automatic Rifle, Caliber .30, M1” was adopted, the Garand rifle still continues to have a place with American shooters and collectors.

The Forgotten Guns of D-Day

When it comes to the infantry arms of D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, guns such as the M1 Garand and Thompson come as no surprise, but what about whole American regiments armed with other guns-well-known or forgotten-of the “Great Crusade"?

Gallery: D-Day +70: The Men and Guns of the Battle for Normandy

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we look back at the infantry arms-both well known and forgotten-used on this pivotal "Day of Days" in American history. (Photos courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration/U.S. Army Signal Corps)

The Last Monday in May

The last Monday in May each year provides a moment when most Americans pause to think about people who are no longer with us.

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