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The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with more than 160,000 troops landing. About 195,700 allied navy and merchant navy personnel in more than 5,000 ships were involved.
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On June 6, Operation Overlord saw about 156,000 Allied troops land in Normandy.

It is thought that no fewer than 4,400 were killed during an operation that Winston Churchill described as & # 39; undoubtedly the most complicated and most difficult ever to occur & # 39 ;.

The attack was carried out in two phases: an airborne landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of allied infantry and armored divisions on the French coast starting at 6:30 am.

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with more than 160,000 troops landing. About 195,700 allied navy and merchant navy personnel in more than 5,000 ships were involved.

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The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with more than 160,000 troops landing. About 195,700 allied navy and merchant navy personnel in more than 5,000 ships were involved.

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with more than 160,000 troops landing. About 195,700 allied navy and merchant navy personnel in more than 5,000 ships were involved.

The landings took place along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

The attack was chaotic with boats that arrived at the wrong point and others got into trouble in the water.

Troops only managed to get a small base on the beach – but they built on their first breakthrough in the coming days and a port was opened in Omaha.

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They met strong resistance from German troops stationed in fortified places along the coastline.

Some 10,000 allies were injured or killed, including 6,603 Americans, 2,499 of whom were fatal.

Between 4,000 and 9,000 German troops were killed – and it turned out to be the pivotal moment of the war, in favor of the Allies.

The first wave of troops from the US Army takes cover under the fire of Nazi guns

The first wave of troops from the US Army takes cover under the fire of Nazi guns

The first wave of troops from the US Army takes cover under the fire of Nazi guns

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