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On June 6th 1944 thousands of Allied soldiers boarded landing craft off of the Normandy coast for many of them these would be the last hours of their life The Allied invasion of the French coast was the turning point of Second World War This single event paved the way for the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe Hitler had worked his way into total seclusion from the Allies except for the Soviet Union in the East where the German Army was currently on the offensive There were natural boundaries all around him the Mediterranean to the south the Atlantic and English Channel to the West and the Arctic to the North He knew that the Allies would have to stage a landing from the sea and that was the way he liked it Since the evacuation of the British and French armies from Dunkirk not a single Allied soldier had set foot on the Mainland The almost daily air raids by American and British bombers brought millions of tons of high-explosives deep into Germany Despite the fury of these raids the German war machine could not be stopped factories were being built as fast as they were being destroyed For years British and American Generals had been trying to devise a plan for an invasion of Europe In 1944 they came up with what they saw as the best possible option a sea and air invasion through France The plans looked perfect on paper but when put into action there were many unseen flaws Minesweepers would clear lanes through the English Channel through which would sail the largest armada of warships ever seen in human history Nearly six thousand ships of all kinds would be used for the invasion Although they outnumbered the Germans it would still be a tough fight as the soldiers would have to run across open beach while under fire from machine guns mortars and artillery The element of
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