The beginning of the end of World War II? Many say that it started 74 years ago, on the beaches of Normandy, on what has come to be known as D-day. The largest seaborne invasion in history called for more than 150,000 troops to storm the beaches of northwestern France while the German army showered them with artillery. It took extraordinary courage to withstand the German firepower—casualties were massive— but, ultimately, the Allied forces prevailed and the invasion of Normandy was a success.Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images THEY CAME FROM THE AIR Roger Viollet/Roger Viollet/Getty Images A WET LANDING Bettmann/Bettmann Archive WAITING ON UTAH BEACH Interim Archives/Getty Images PULLED FROM THE SEA IWM/Getty Images/IWM via Getty Images AMPHIBIOUS LANDINGS STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images BICYCLES ON THE BEACH Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images LIBERATION! Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images REMEMBERING THOSE LOST
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