Sitting in the cover of their foxholes, American soldiers of the Allied Expeditionary Force secure a beachhead during initial landing operations at Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. In the background amphibious tanks and other equipment crowd the beach, while landing craft bring more troops and material ashore

Photos: D-Day: June 6, 1944

A turning point for the Allies in World War II, known as D-Day, occurred 72 years ago today — on June 6, 1944.