After months of intensive preparation, Allied forces launched their combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944 - the start of a lengthy campaign to liberate North West Europe from German occupation.
Thee largest seaborne invasion in history involved 156,000 Allied troops in the first day of the operation, with 4,413 dying on D-Day alone.
Within five days 326,547 troops and 104,428 tons of supplies had landed on the beaches.
The landings were followed by the 76-day Battle of Normandy, with a total of 210,000 Allied casualties.
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