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The Associated Press

The first landings were made in France by the Airborne Forces. The whole Operations planned to take place with great precision were the result of many months of careful training. The men are seen making last minute preparations, etc., before emplaning. Paratroops sitting with their kits ready for emplaning in June 1944. They have a Union Jack which will be one of the first to be planted on French soil by our forces. (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.