This week in history: on the 6th of June 1944, over 150,000 troops from 13 countries would land on the coast of Normandy, enacting ‘Operation Neptune’ on what has come to be known as ‘D-Day’. Airbone and amphibious landings were made, overwhelming Erwin Rommel’s forces, with 4,000 Allied troops, 1,000 German troops and 3,000 civilians killed in the first 24 hours of history’s largest coastal invasion. The foothold gained by the Allies on this day would enable them to advance toward Western Germany in the subsequent weeks.

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