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The Normandy Landings (D-Day) were the landing operations on June 6, 1944 in Northern France, a part of the greater Allied campaign Operation Overlord, whose objective was to drive the Germans from France and possibly even capture Berlin itself.

The Allies had been planning for such an invasion for a year, and had even tried to distract the Germans into thinking that they were entering from Southern France instead with Operation Bodyguard. They succeeded in distracting a German Army and spreading the German coastal defense too thin. Operation Neptune (D-Day) then began, with American Dwight D. Eisenhower as its commander (he later became President). The commander of the German forces was “The Desert Fox”, Erwin T. Rommel.

After the severe bombardment of Normandy, 24,000 American, Canadian, and British soldiers landed in Normandy on separate beaches. Most beaches were either lightly defended or not defended at all. However, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword beach were more heavily defended than the rest.

The allied troops faced stiff resistance, but they had scored a great victory against the Germans, and this would later lead to the downfall of Germany the next year.

 

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