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Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.

Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.

'Into the Jaws of Death...' - U.S. Soldiers Landing at Normandy on D Day

'Into the Jaws of Death...' - U.S. Soldiers Landing at Normandy on D Day

D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion

D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion

“You are about to embark upon the Greatest Crusade... The eyes of the world are upon you.” Gen. Eisenhower, D-Day: June 6, 1944.

“You are about to embark upon the Greatest Crusade... The eyes of the world are upon you.” Gen. Eisenhower, D-Day: June 6, 1944.

Normandy - Our boys unloading at Omaha Beach. Lost so many that day.

'Full Victory — Nothing Else': Iconic D-Day Images for Its 70th Anniversary

The ships, planes, vehicles and troops needed to launch the D-Day invasion

D-Day: How was the biggest ever seaborne invasion launched?

The ships, planes, vehicles and troops needed to launch the D-Day invasion

D-Day June 6 1944.  "You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle."  -Dwight D. Eisenhower

D-Day June 6 1944. "You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Operation Overlord began on 6 June 1944. It involved 160 000 Allied troops at the Battle of Normandy and the D-Day Landings, and by August there were over 3 000 000 Allied troops in France.

Operation Overlord began on 6 June 1944. It involved 160 000 Allied troops at the Battle of Normandy and the D-Day Landings, and by August there were over 3 000 000 Allied troops in France.

An anonymous American soldier, who died in combat during the Allied invasion, lies on the beach of the Normandy coast, in the early days of ...

'Full Victory — Nothing Else': Iconic D-Day Images for Its 70th Anniversary

An anonymous American soldier, who died in combat during the Allied invasion, lies on the beach of the Normandy coast, in the early days of ...

D Day landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. June 1944.  I just can't imagine what was going through the minds of these men...

D Day landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. June 1944. I just can't imagine what was going through the minds of these men...

93-year old D-Day veteran Robert Blatnik returns to Omaha Beach in Normandy

93-year old D-Day veteran Robert Blatnik returns to Omaha Beach in Normandy

D-Day 1944 by Robert Capa  (this is NOT a Capa photo: Soldiers from the US 89th Infantry Division cross the Rhine River in assault boats under German fire/Beginning on the night of 23 March 1945, Operation Plunder was the crossing of the River Rhine at Rees, Wesel, and south of the Lippe River)

D-Day 1944 by Robert Capa (this is NOT a Capa photo: Soldiers from the US 89th Infantry Division cross the Rhine River in assault boats under German fire/Beginning on the night of 23 March 1945, Operation Plunder was the crossing of the River Rhine at Rees, Wesel, and south of the Lippe River)

D-Day Landing Sites Then And Now: 11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together

11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now

D-Day Landing Sites Then And Now: 11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together

D-Day 1944: Members of a U.S. combat engineer unit march aboard a Landing Ship-Tank, or LST. - Found via Buzzfeed

Members of a U.S. combat engineer unit march aboard a Landing Ship-Tank, or LST.

D-Day 1944: Members of a U.S. combat engineer unit march aboard a Landing Ship-Tank, or LST. - Found via Buzzfeed