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World War II: The Allied Invasion of Europe

Starting with the Invasion of Sicily in July of 1943, and culminating in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Normandy, Allied forces took the fight to the Axis powers in many locations across Western Europe. The push into Italy began in Sicily, but soon made it to the Italian mainland, with landings...
Erik Thomsen
Erik Thomsen • 2 years ago

World War II: The Allied Invasion of Europe - Normandy

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