Looking back at the beaches of Normandy on D-Day: June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944, the world was forever changed.

World War II had already been raging around the globe for four years when the planning for Operation Neptune — what we now know as “D-Day” — began in 1943.

Operation Neptune was part of the larger Operation Overlord, the Allies’ undertaking to invade Western Europe and free the nations from the control of Nazi Germany.

After intense and successful deception of the Axis forces, both operations began on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, with the storming of France’s Normandy shore.

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