00:05hrs
00:05hrs:
German coastal batteries between Le Havre and Cherbourg are the target of Allied bombers..
00:11hrs
00:11hrs:
The first men of Operation Titanic jump from their Halifax aircraft and land 8km from Saint-Lô where they send flares and play battle sound recordings to confuse the Germans. Dummy parachutists are also dropped.
00:15hrs
00:15hrs:
The initial airborne landings being, with American pathfinders jumping to set up markers to identify the drop zones for the C-47's carrying the main body of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne and 101st Airborne Divisions.
00:16hrs
00:16 - 00:20hrs:
The first Horsa gliders carrying men of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry lands just 50 metres away from Caen Canal bridge - later to be known as "Pegasus Bridge". Further gliders land shortly thereafter.
00:30hrs
00:30hrs:
The Caen Canal and Orne River Bridges are under Allied control.
01:00hrs
01:00hrs:
Major General Matthew Ridgway's 82nd Airborne Division parachute west of Sainte-Merè-Église in the American sector.
01:11hrs
01:11hrs:
At the German 84th Army Corps headquarters in Saint-Lô, initial reports of the American paratrooper landings are received.
01:30hrs
01:30hrs:
Major General Maxwell Taylor's 101st Airborne Division land on drop zones near Utah Beach in the American sector.
01:50hrs
01:50hrs:
The main body of the British 6th Airborne Division parachute east of the River Orne.
02:45hrs
02:45hrs:
American soldiers destined for Omaha and Utah Beaches (which will be the first to be landed on) start to transfer from their assault ships to landing craft.
03:00hrs
03:00hrs:
Allied warships arrive at their positions for the naval bombardment.
03:20hrs
03:20hrs:
Heavy equipment and reinforcements for paratroops arrive by glider.
03:25hrs
03:25hrs:
German naval observers report the presence of Allied naval forces.
03:50hrs
03:50hrs:
British paratroopers commence an attack on the village of Ranville.
04:30hrs
04:30hrs:
The island of Saint-Marcouf is occupied by American forces.

On the mainland, elements of the 82nd Airborne Division capture the town of Sainte-Merè-Église.
04:45hrs
04:45hrs:
Two miniature submarines (known as X-Craft) surface just off the coast to provide navigation reference points for the British landing forces.

British paratroopers of the 6th Airborne Division disable the gun battery at Merville.
05:30hrs
05:30hrs:
The Allied naval bombardment commences.
05:58hrs
05:58hrs:
Sunrise.
06:30hrs
06:30hrs:
First troops begin landing at Utah and Omaha beaches.
06:52hrs
06:52hrs:
Admiral Ramsey receives first reports of conditions ashore.
07:00hrs
07:00hrs:
German radio broadcasts initial reports of the landings.
07:10hrs
07:10hrs:
US Army Rangers commence the assault of the Pointe du Hoc battery.
07:25hrs
07:25hrs:
British troops begin landing at Gold and Sword beaches.
07:35hrs
07:35hrs:
Canadian troops being landing at Juno Beach.
09:00hrs
09:00hrs:
General Eisenhower authorises the release of a communiqué announcing the start of the invasion.
09:13hrs
09:13hrs:
General Bradley calls for reinforcements at Omaha Beach, for fear of having to abandon the landings there.
09:30hrs
09:30hrs:
Free-French commandos who landed with the British at Sword Beach liberate the casino at Riva Bella. Hermanville, behind Sword Beach, is liberated.
09:45hrs
09:45hrs:
Utah Beach is cleared of all German forces.
10:00hrs
10:00hrs:
La Riviere, behind Gold Beach, is taken by advancing British forces.
11:00hrs
11:00hrs:
Canadian forces capture the town of Bernieres, behind Juno Beach.
12:00hrs
12:00hrs:
In a speech to the House of Commons, Prime Minister Winston Churchill reports on the landings. Forces advancing inland from Utah Beach link up with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division.
12:50hrs
12:50hrs:
Lord Lovat's commandos of the 1st Special Services Brigade arrive at Pegasus Bridge to relieve the holding force.
13:30hrs
13:30hrs:
Troops finally start moving inland at Omaha Beach.
14:30hrs
14:30hrs:
The German 21st Panzer Division launches a counter attack against British forces on the eastern flank of the invasion area.
15:00hrs
15:00hrs:
12th SS Panzer Division moves into position south of Caen.
16:00hrs
16:00hrs:
British armour reaches Arromanches.
18:00hrs
18:00hrs:
American forces liberate St Laurent behind Omaha Beach. British and Canadian forces link up the Gold and Juno beachheads. The battery at Longues is finally silenced by Allied naval bombardment.
20:00hrs
20:00hrs:
21st Panzer Division reaches Luc sur Mer between Juno and Sword beaches, but British armour and infantry halt their advance. Allied patrols reach the outskirts of Bayeux.
21:00hrs
21:00hrs:
British 6th Airborne Brigade land by glider in the Orne area.
22:00hrs
22:00hrs:
Field Marshall Rommel returns to his headquarters from Germany. Canadian and British forces advance on Caen is stalled at the Forest of Lebisay.
22:07hrs
22:07hrs:
Sunset.