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D-Day anniversary 2014: historic photos review [Copy link] 中文

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On June 6, 1944 the United States along with the other allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. It was the beginning of a battle that would eventually turn the tide of World War II against Nazi Germany. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark action during which thousands of soldiers lost their lives in defense of freedom.

Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. Today we celebrate peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion gave us the promise of a future.


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In 1942, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt issued a statement that the western allies would work as quickly as possible to open a second front to relieve pressure on the Soviets. Codenamed Operation Overlord, planning for the invasion began in 1943.

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On June 5, 1944, the US troops were marching before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.

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The assault on the beaches began shortly after midnight with Allied bombers pounding German positions across Normandy. This was followed by a heavy naval bombardment. In the early morning hours on June 6, waves of troops began hitting the beaches. These forces include more than 5300 ships of all types plus 4000 relay boats between the shore and the ships.

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Large landing craft convoy crosses the English Channel on 6 June 1944.

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American assault troops huddle behind the protective bow of a landing craft on June 6, 1944 as it nears a beachhead on the northern coast of France during World War II.


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American GIs wade into the Normandy surf. At Omaha Beach, US troops quickly became pinned down by heavy fire from the veteran German 352nd Infantry Division as the pre-invasion bombing had fallen inland and failed to destroy the German fortifications. After suffering 2,400 casualties, the most of any beach on D-Day, small groups of US soldiers were able to break through the defenses opening the way for successive waves.


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