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The Associated Press

Air reconnaissance photographs of the Normandy coast, between Cherbourg and Le Havre. Defensive flooding near Carentan, about 7 miles inland on the Cherbourg-Caen railway in June 1944, photographed from the air before the Allied landings began on June 6. The town of Caen itself was occupied by advancing Allied troops on June 12, 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.