The Normandy Invasion: The Story in Pictures The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. SC193082

Some of the first American soldiers to attack the German defenses in Higgins Boats (LCVPs) approach Omaha Beach near Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Plastic covers protect the soldier's weapons against from the water. (Photo by Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard/Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

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Normandy Invasion -- The D-Day Landings, 6 June 1944 :: LCM evacuates casualties from a Normandy beach. 6 June 1944 #WWII #War

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.

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D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Medics attend to wounded soldiers on Utah Beach in France during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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US 101st Airborne Division paratrooper Corporal Louis E. Laird, carrying bazooka, boards a C-47 transport during dress rehearsals for the Normandy invasion, spring 1944.

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D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. German troops surrender to Soldiers during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Soldiers move onto Omaha Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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