By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 6, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we recall a historic World War II operation and fierce battle.

Operation Neptune

First soften the resistance via naval and aerial bombardment.  Then land 24,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines.  Then begin building artificial harbors.  Then land 160,000 troops plus equipment from 5,000 vessels.  One day’s work in Normandy, France.

D-Day, code named Neptune, part of Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944 – 80 years ago today.  Turned the tide of World War II.

Five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword.

What do you do after you have landed?  This map shows the planned US Army movements the day after landing on Omaha Beach and the day after that.

It was classified Top Secret – Bigot, with Bigot being the highest level of security classification at the time for US Armed Forces.

Omaha Beach, Normandy invasion “Top Secret” traffic plans/patterns – circa June 6, 1944 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.