70 years ago today, Allied forces consisting of American, British, Canadian, and Free French soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy in northern France. They landed in rough seas under leaden skies with low clouds. Once on the beaches, they faced quickly rising tides, mines, and heavy gunfire from German gun emplacements above the beaches.
A landing craft from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops onto Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. Photo: Robert F. Sargent from the National Archives and Records Administration.
In the end, the invasion was a success, but at a cost of many, many lost lives among the Allied troops.
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