These documents describe the preparations in the days before the landing as well as one unit's experience in the landing. Among the routine items was dismantling the camp in England where the unit had trained, because its return was not expected. The landing was planned for June 5, and the soldiers aboard the invasion ships were given steak and ice cream for dinner the night before. Then weather forced a one-day delay of the invasion; their meal the night of June 5: pork chops and ice cream.
1st Infantry Division soldiers, some with rifles already wrapped in waterproofing cellophane, pose for a photo aboard ship before leaving England for the D-Day invasion.
Photo from National Archives