These paratroopers are preparing for the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The operation was successful in turning the tide of the war, but Bushnell General Military Hospital treated a huge influx of amputee veteran patients who were casualties of the invasion.
World War II began on September 1, 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded neighboring Poland. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is often seen as the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War II. Even before Pearl Harbor, however, the US government knew that the United States would probably be dragged into the international conflict.