77 years ago today, more than 150,000 U.S. and allied troops invaded France – not to conquer, but to liberate.
Operation Overlord, or D-Day, was the largest amphibious military assault ever contemplated by mankind. America would lose 2,500 soldiers that day, and many would die on the beaches of Normandy under heavy German fire.
D-Day was a turning point in World War II. German troops that had routed Europe for years were now on the defensive, and the war that occupied three continents and led to the largest naval battles in world history would end a little more than a year after the Allied invasion.
American troops liberated Europe, showed the world what America can do when it's united, and defined American exceptionalism for generations.
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