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The Associated Press

American army and Navy chiefs pay their first visit to French soil to see the progress of the battles on the beachheads of France on June 13, 1944. In the group are General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander Allied expeditionary force, General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Admiral Ernest King, U.S. Navy, and General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General U.S. Air Force. (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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