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Soldiers crowd a landing craft on their way to Normandy during the Allied Invasion of Europe. (Photo: US Army/Flickr)
Dwight D. Eisenhower. Supreme Commander of the Allied Invasion of Europe, primarily the Battles for Normandy, France and Germany World War II.
A U.S. Army soldier cleans his M1903 bolt-action rifle in a camp in England shortly before the Normandy invasion. Although the U.S. Army had adopted the semiautomatic M1 Garand rifle in 1937, a large number of M1903s were still being issued in 1944. Martin K. A. Morgan, author of The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion, due out in a few weeks, explains why M1903s were still in use on D-Day.