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D-Day was the dayin the Second World War on which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of beach landings in Normandy on June 6th 1944. It marked the beginning of the Normandy Invasionwith the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. By the end of August 1944 all of northern France was liberated, and the invading forces reorganized for the drive into Germany, where they would eventually meet with Soviet forces advancing from the east to bring an end to the Nazi Reich.

Over 75,000 British, Canadian, and other troops landed on the Normandy beaches, joining with 55,000 from the United States and the Free French to form an Allied invasion force. Another 7,900 British troops landed by air, while more support came from over 7,000 ships and smaller vessels off the coast.The casualty numbers ran into thousands, with more than 4,000 British and Commonwealth troops left killed, wounded or missing, but the assault established a crucial second front, hence turning the tide of the war and ultimately leading to an Allied victory in 1945.

What does it mean? : “D-Day” was an Army designation used to indicate the start date for specific field operations. In this case, the “D” in D-Day doesn’t actually stand for anything—it’s merely an alliterative placeholder used to designate a particular day on the calendar.

While many simply remember D-Day itself, the fighting actually continued for 10 weeks, lasting until August 19th. Without D-Day, Hitler would have been able to deplay much more troops against the Red Army, which would have given him more time to work on his V2 weapon.It also helped that Hitler was asleep at the time of invasion, and none of his generals dared wake him up.


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