D-DAY

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Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, 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.

Rather then having an extensive text on the day I am opting to post pictures of D-Day and the days after, for there is nothing I can write which hasn’t been written before.

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Royal Marine Commandos attached to 3rd Infantry Division move inland from Sword Beach, 6 June 1944.

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Members of the French Resistance and the U.S. 82nd Airborne division discuss the situation during the Battle of Normandy in 1944.

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Large landing craft convoy crosses the English Channel on 6 June 1944

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Troops of the US 7th Corps wading ashore on Utah Beach.

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U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme Allied commander, talks with men of the 101st Airborne Division at the Royal Air Force base in Greenham Common, England on June 6, 1944, before they joined the D-Day invasion.

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Gliders are delivered to the Cotentin Peninsula by Douglas C-47 Skytrains. 6 June 1944.

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An abandoned Waco CG-4 glider is examined by German troops

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Carrying their equipment, U.S. assault troops move onto Utah Beach. Landing craft can be seen in the background.

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U.S. assault troops in an LCVP landing craft approach Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.

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Personnel of Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando “W” land on Mike Beach sector of Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

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British troops take cover after landing on Sword Beach.

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Crossed rifles on the sand are a comrade’s tribute to this American soldier who sprang ashore from a landing barge and died at the barricades of Western Europe. Picture taken a few days after D-Day, on Omaha Beach.

Crossed rifles in the sand placed as a tribute to this fallen soldier, 1944

The Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, September 2006. The cemetery contains predominantly Canadian soldiers killed during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery contains 4 British soldiers and one French national who was killed fighting alongside Canadian troops. The British soldiers have markers very similar to the Canadian markers, but with different insignia in place of the maple leaf. The grave containing the French national is marked with a cross, which is visible on the lower left of the photo in the 4th row from the bottom.

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