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The Associated Press

A north-easterly gale which swept the channel in the third week of the invasion, nearly brought to a halt the flow of vital supplies. Super seamanship saved many ships from disaster although considerable damage was caused to invasion craft and supply ships lying offshore, in Normandy, France, on August 20, 1944. Vessels dragged their anchor and plunged into one another while others were flung high onto the Normandy beach by the mountainous waves. Several landing craft and smaller ships were pounded to matchwood. The scene with vessels of all kinds close to the promenade where they had been flung by the heavy seas. (AP Photo)

Gallery: Historical photos of the Invasion of Normandy

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:45 PM

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.