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The Associated Press

Inscription written in French on this grave of an American soldier made by French civilians in France on June 18, 1944. The soldier's helmet tops the wooden cross. The American died in the fighting with allied troops fighting for the Cherbourg Peninsula. (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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