June 6, 2019 marks the 75 <sup>th </sup>anniversary of D-Day

Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the greatest amphibious invasion in history. Operation Overlord was the codename for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of Germanoccupied Western Europe during World War II, marking the beginning of the liberation of western Europe from Nazi control.

The operation was launched on June 6, 1944, with the Normandy landings. This launch was called Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day. The Normandy landings were the largest seaborne invasion in history, with 139 major warships, 221 smaller combat vessels, more than 1,000 minesweepers and auxiliary vessels, 4,000 landing craft, 805 merchant ships, 59 blockships, and 300 miscellaneous small craft. By midnight of that day, 160,000 Allied forces had landed in France. Eventually more than two million were shipped there.

 

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