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A German machine gun nest along the Atlantic Wall, background, is captured by Canadian troops on June 8, 1944 following the Allied D-Day invasion of German-occupied Normandy, France, during World War II. A scaling ladder leans on the massed barbed wire defence to the concrete emplacement. (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.

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