Commemorating D-Day with Google Cultural Institute

A new D-Day exhibit available online presents a picture of the planning, training, execution and aftermath of the invasion of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France, 70 years ago in June 1944. Much of this material has not been seen since then.

Primary sources such as maps, top secret documents, photos, telegram communications and a French newspaper are used to tell the story about what happened those unforgettable days in 1944. The material used in the display was donated to the Marshall Foundation by George M. Elsey, who was director of the White House Map Room during World War II.

Most of his collection pertains to the D-Day landings in Normandy and includes telegrams from Allied commanders, reports and charts regarding Allied and German preparations, and joint press statements issued by Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, parts of this collection have been digitized and are being presented as an exhibit with the Google Cultural Institute. The Google Cultural Institute uses technology to display art, archives, heritage sites and other material for people to explore online. The site currently supports nearly 460 collections from 54 different countries.

This display produced by the Marshall Foundation joins another on the Marshall Plan at

The George C. Marshall Foundation, located in Lexington, Virginia, preserves, protects and promotes the example of George Marshall. It is the only place where the principles that motivated Marshall are kept alive through educational programs, online presence and facilities that include a museum, research library, and archives.