Google has created a new Cultural Institute collection to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that were instrumental in the allies winning World War 2.

The massive collection of hundreds of photos, letters and documents helps bring to life the largest seaborne invasion in history, with 130,000 British, American and Canadian troops landing on the beaches of Normandy, France. Almost one in ten of them were killed.

The collection includes Franklin D. Roosevelt’s prayer, complete with handwritten amendments, and top-secret progress reports from Eisenhower to Marshall … 

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Google uses its now-familiar sideways-scrolling format to make it easy to view the mix of materials, and has this time broken the collection down into five separate exhibits, one of which focuses on the American role in the war effort.

The UK’s National Archives are also bringing the day to life with ‘live’ tweets of events as they happened 70 years ago.

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