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The Invasion That changed The Direction Of World War II


The D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944, was a historically large-scale and audacious operation that used the most soldiers, ships, aircraft, and vehicles ever assembled to breach Adolf Hitler’s defences in western Europe and turn the tide of World War II.

On this day around 160,000 Allied soldiers touched down in Normandy. Of them, 83,000 came from Britain and Canada, and 73,000 were from the United States. There were other many forces from several nations that involved as well, notably French soldiers .

Approximately 50,000 German soldiers fought the Allies.

The campaign to free western France from Nazi rule, involved over 2 million Allied soldiers, sailors, pilots, medics, and other personnel from twelve other countriesthat led the campaign to begin on the-Day.

Around 11,000 Allied aircraft, 7,000 ships and boats, and thousands of other vehicles were involved.

2,501 Americans were among the 4,414 Allied soldiers who lost their lives on D-Day. There were over 5,000 injuries.

Following this, there were 73,000 Allied deaths and 153,000 injuries in the Battle of Normandy. About 20,000 French citizens were murdered in the fighting, mostly as a result of Allied bombings of French cities and villages.

Although the precise number of German deaths is unknown, historians calculate that during the D-Day of invasion alone, between 4,000 and 9,000 troops lost their lives. There are many soldiers buried all around Normandy, including about 22,000 Germans.

The number of survivors showing up for significant anniversary celebrations in France is inevitably declining. Now, the youngest survivors are in their late nineties 90s. The number of D-Day veterans that are still living is unknown. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, their numbers are not tracked.

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