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Bird's-eye view of landing craft, barrage balloons, and allied troops landing in Normandy, France on D-Day
A view of landing craft, barrage balloons, and allied troops landing in Normandy, France on D-Day

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D-Day
June 6, 1944

The American and British invasion of France was a top-secret mission called "Operation Overlord." When they landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, the goal of every soldier was to drive the German military back. Thousands of men died during that effort, either in the churning waves of the sea or by German gunfire. But enough soldiers struggled up onto the bluffs that, by nightfall, American and British forces had conquered a small area of Nazi-occupied France.
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