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The battle plan code-named Operation Overlord called for the largest amphibious assault ever to start the liberation of occupied Europe from Nazi Germany It began in the early morning hours of June 6 1944 now known as D-Day Thousands of American British Canadian and French soldiers-backed by paratroopers bombers and warships-stormed a 50-mile stretch of French beach called Normandy This invasion of Normandy was the greatest event to occur between the years of 1919 and 1945 D-day was the beginning of the end of the war The invasion of Normandy allowed the Allied forces to get their soldiers back on the European mainland and to start defeating German opposition and Nazi tyranny It was the major turning point of World War II and perhaps one of the greatest strategic military operations that ever executed As the tide of World War II began to turn in favor of the Allies US General Dwight D Eisenhower had the task of forming the largest invasion fleet in history in order for an amphibious landing on the northern coast of France to be effective If it was executed as planned and labeled a success the landing would be the starting point for the massive attack The attack would move eastward through France and into Nazi Germany In May while millions of troops and equipment poured into the staging area of southern Britain the Allies created a decoy False radio transmissions and rows of inflated rubber tanks and landing craft located away from the true staging area kept the Germans confused about the operations size and target The invasion of northern France from England was not launched in May as its planners had initially prescribed but on June 6 the famous D-Day of World War II A huge fighting force had been assembled including 1200 fighting ships 10000 planes 4126 landing craft 804
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