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What were the D-Day landings?

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General Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower, as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II was charged with planning and carrying out the Allied assault on the coast of Normandy under the code name Operation Overlord. The ultimate aim was the liberation of Western Europe and the invasion of Germany. In the early hours of 6 June 1944, Allied forces began their assault against Hitler's "Fortress Europe", marking the beginning of D-Day in the largest amphibious assault ever launched. By the end of the day 155,000 Allied troops, including some 18,000 paratroopers and glider-borne troops, were in Normandy. The initial assault involved about 1,300 RAF planes, followed by 1,000 American bombers dropping bombs on targets in northern France.

The United States and Britain each lost about 1,000 troops whilst Canada lost 355 in the initial stages of D-day. The invasion cracked Nazi Germany's grip on Western Europe and marked the beginning of the advance that eventually ended the war with Germany. (source: www.today.wmit.net - June 6)

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