On June 6, 1944, the Normandy landings, more commonly referred to as D-Day, occurred with the landing of more than 156,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops.
During World War II, the Battle of Normandy lasted from June 1944-August 1944, ended in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany control. The invasion’s codename was Operation Overlord and began on five beachheads along a 50-mile stretch of Normandy, France.
The invasion was one of the largest amphibious operations to date.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade and said, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”
More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and at the end of the day, the allied forces had gained a foot-hold in continental Europe.
More than 9,000 allied troops were killed or wounded in the invasion; however, their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 troops to begin the slow, hard trek across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops and liberate Europe.