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BC: About 31,000 Allied airmen fly 7,500 sorties between midnight and 8 a.m. on June 6, 1944. At 6:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944, Allied troops come ashore on a 60-mile front in the largest seaborne invasion in history. The five beaches that the Allies land on are secured by the end of the day.

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1: D-Day is the name given to the landing of 160,000 Allied troops in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The success of the invasion of Normandy was really the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

2: The majority of troops who landed on the D-Day beaches were from the United Kingdom, Canada and the US. However, troops from many other countries participated in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, in all the different armed services: Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

5: Many scholars have tried to explain the term “D-Day,” suggesting it stood for “decision day” or "disembarkation day,” but most likely it comes from the army's use of the term to mean an “undefined day,” or the first day of any operation. D-Day was originally scheduled for June 5, but the weather did not cooperate. The operation was pushed back to June 6, 1944. | Many scholars have tried to explain the term “D-Day,” suggesting it stood for “decision day” or "disembarkation day,” but most likely it comes from the army's use of the term to mean an “undefined day,” or the first day of any operation. D-Day was originally scheduled for June 5, but the weather did not cooperate. The operation was pushed back to June 6, 1944.

9: Overnight, about 2,700 ships with landing craft and 176,000 soldiers cross the Channel. Minesweepers go ahead to clear the water, and paratroopers drop behind German lines to capture bridges and railroad tracks. The landing includes more than 5,000 ships and 11,000 airplanes.

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