Dawn. 18,000 British and American airborne troops are on the ground in Normandy with the intention of capturing bridges and disrupting communication. Beginning 06:30 Carried by the largest armada yet assembled, an Allied (United States-Great Britain-Canada-Free France-Poland-Netherlands-Norway-Greece) invasion force lands in Normandy on a line from Carentan to Caen, immediately establishing an effective beachhead. By midnight, 155,000 troops are ashore.
French troops capture Tivoli, 25 km east of Rome.
Members of a panzer division in Magdeburg, who have formed a secret Antimilitarist Club, including Hans Werner Henze (17), drink a toast to the invasion of Europe.
Soviet troops take Schneidemühl (Pila) and Deutsch Krone (Walcz), 80 km north of Poznan as well as Sorau (Zary) and Grünberg (Zielona Góra), southeast of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder.
The city now engulfed in a firestorm, US planes attack Dresden. Returning from Prague to Berlin, a contingent of German soldiers including Private Hans Werner Henze (18) passes through the city.
Chile declares war on Germany.
American troops capture Magdeburg and cross the border into Czechoslovakia. As US soldiers reach Magdeburg, German units in the city, including Private Hans Werner Henze (18) are hurriedly evacuated towards Berlin.