On June 6, 1944, more than 160 000 Allied troops landed along a 50 mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
The largest seaborne invasion in history was preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault.
The landing of 24 000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops began shortly after midnight.
Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”
More than 5 000 Ships and 13 000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot hold in Continental Europe.
The cost in lives on D-Day was high.
More than 10 000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100 000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops.