US Troops approach Omaha Beach
U.S. troops approach Omaha Beach during the Invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History.

OPERATION OVERLORD: THE INVASION OF NORMANDY

At 6:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops began landing along five beaches on the coast of Normandy, France. Operation OVERLORD, or more commonly "D-Day," would become the largest amphibious operation in history with an armada of over 5,000 ships and landing craft. The men of New York's 187th Field Artillery Battalion would land on Omaha Beach the following day. The liberation of Europe had begun.

 

After several weeks of brutal fighting, the Allies broke out of northern France and liberated Paris on August 25.

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