June 6, 1944: D-Day invasion at Normandy remembered

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June 6, 1944 stands out in our collective memory as a day of enormous personal heroism and sacrifice. On this day in history, about 156,000 Allied troops invaded Western Europe, overwhelming German forces in an operation that proved to be a turning point in World War II. (KTRK)

June 6, 1944 is often considered the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. On this day, 156,000 Allied troops successfully stormed the beaches of Normandy in occupied France.

At 6:30 on the morning of June 6, the troops began invading a 50-mile stretch of beaches. An estimated 4,000 Allied troops were killed in the operation, according to U.S. National D-Day Memorial Foundation.
After invading the beaches, the Allies moved east, and by the end of the summer Paris had been liberated. Less than a year later, Nazi Germany surrendered.
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Newsreel footage of the Allied invasion of Normandy

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