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The Associated Press

In this photo provided by the U.S. Army Signal Corps., these landing craft, loaded with American troops and guarded overhead by barrage balloons, ride the calm waters of the English Channel, waiting opening of assault on fortress Europe along the French northern coast, June 6, 1944. An American flag flies from the stern of one craft in the foreground.

Gallery: Historical D-Day photos

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

The Invasion of Normandy started as a landing operation on June 6, 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, France by Western Allied forces during World War II against German-occupied western Europe. The initial assault was marked as D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history. 156,000 British, American, and Canadian forces landed on the five beaches of the Normandy region. The Battle of Normandy lasted from June 1944 to Mid-July 1944, resulting in the liberation from Nazi Germany.

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