D-Day by the Numbers - A fascinating and sobering look at the realities of the D-Day invasion 70 years ago.

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Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.

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The Normandy Invasion: The Story in Pictures The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. SC193082

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D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Medics attend to wounded soldiers on Utah Beach in France during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

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"In Case of Failure" Message Drafted by General Dwight Eisenhower in Case the D-Day Invasion Failed, 06/05/1944. Credit: National Archives.

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D-Day During World War II the allied forces planned to create a two front-war by continuing the battle on the east. Also to start a new battle on the western front. In June 1944 the United States, United Kingdom, and a few other countries started the attack. Operation Overload also known as D-Day.

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D-Day: The Normandy Invasion. Soldiers move onto Omaha Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. www.army.mil/d-day

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Operation Overlord began on 6 June 1944. It involved 160 000 Allied troops at the Battle of Normandy and the D-Day Landings, and by August there were over 3 000 000 Allied troops in France.

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D-Day, 70 years ago today. Never forget. 1800 every day today of the Greatest Generation die. No amount of thanks is enough.

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