June 6, 1944 marked the Allied invasion of Europe into
Normandy, France; an event which marked the beginning of the end for
Hitler's Nazi regime in World War II. Termed "Operation Overlord" it was the largest
air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since D-Day. The landing
included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men.
The Allied Forces suffered nearly 10,000 casualties while more than 4,000
were killed in battle.
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