June 6, 1944

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71 years ago today, approximately 6:30 a.m. in France, Allied troops began a historic assault on a 50-mile stretch of French coastline. Pictured, American troops in a LCVP, or Higgins boat, approach Omaha Beach, Normandy, France and prepare to disembark on D-Day. Hours earlier, in the dark of night, an Allied Airborne assault was executed. Thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were dropped behind enemy lines to disrupt communications and secure bridges and exit roads. By night fall, Omaha Beach would be under Allied control.

The invasion of Normandy included at least 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and more than 150,000 Service men from the American, British, and Canadian Allied Forces. The cost in lives was high that day. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded.

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Photo courtesy of the Army Signal Corps Collection, National Archives; post courtesy of US Army official Facebook page.