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The Associated Press

Mounting the rope ladder swinging precariously from the side of a transport in France on June 9, 1944 a boatload of casualties boards the large ship in mid-channel to return to the port from which they sailed only a few days before. Injured in the first allied landings on the French coast, they are returning home for medical attention. (AP Photo/ACME)

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.