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The Associated Press

Gustave an R.A.F. Coastal Command carrier pigeon, brought the first War Correspondent's dispatch back to England from the Allied Invasion forces off France on June 6, 1944. The message was written on an RAF Pigeon form by Mr. Taylor, of Reuters, twenty miles off the enemy coast, and the bird was released at 8.30 in the morning. Flying against a 50 miles an hour head wind, the Pigeon landed in its loft on a south coast Coastal Command Station at a 1.46 in the afternoon. The message was immediately telephoned to London for publication, it read: �We are just twenty miles or so off the beaches. First Assault troops landed 0750. Signal says no interference from enemy gunfire on beach. Passage uneventful. Steaming steadily on. Formations Lightings, Typhoons, Fortresses crossing since 0545. No enemy aircraft seen.� A photographic copy of the message shown June 9, 1944. (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.