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The Associated Press

British mine-layer H.M.S. Apollo in which General Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, and Admiral Bertram Ramsay, Naval Commander, cruised off the invasion beaches for 4+ hours during which they conferred with General Montgomery and Admiral Kirk ,U.S.N., who came board to meet them. The Allied commanders on the deck of the warship on June 9, 1944, after their conference. General Dwight Eisenhower, centre, Admiral Bertram Ramsay, left, and General Bernard Montgomery. (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.