Seventy-nine years ago today, on June 6, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops landed on five separate beaches in Normandy, France. The invasion is historically referred to as “D-Day.”
Some people think the “D” stands for something such as “Death Day” or “Doomsday.” It simply stands for “day.” D-Day has long been used to refer to the start of any significant military operation, often to keep the exact date a secret.
The invasion signaled the beginning of the end of Hitler’s control of the European mainland. After almost a year of bloody fighting, the Nazis surrendered to the Western Allies on May 8, 1945. Japan followed suit on August 14 of the same year.
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