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Williamsport’s Gazette and Bulletin: D-Day, June 6, 1944

Ducks (amphibious trucks) and a half-track follow foot troops ashore during the invasion of Normandy on a 100-mile front along the French coast by allied forces on June 6, 1944. This was a turning point for the Allies in World War II, known as D-Day. (AP Photo)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1944- INVASION LAUNCHED- “Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters announced today Allied Troops began landing on the northern coast of France this morning strongly supported by naval and air forces.” That’s part of what the Gazette and Bulletin reported on June 6, 1944, in a four-page invasion extra.

General Eisenhower announced made the announcement at 3:32 a.m.

Williamsport’s Mayor Leo C. Williamson called the heads of his ‘D-Day Committee’ at 4 a.m. to spread the news that the invasion had begun.

Also noted in the newspaper- “War workers redouble their efforts.”

“All schools close.”

“With the exception of drug and food stores, all others keep their doors closed for the day.”

“Public offices will not open.”

“Catholic churches will hold masses at the usual hours and will remain open until the tolling of the angelus at 6 o’clock this evening.”

“Protestant churches will open to the public and a number of the individual ministers have planned special services.”

“Some churches and factories sounded their bells and whistles at 6 a.m., according to pre-invasion arrangements.”

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