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A look at the 1940’s war involving the United States of America among other countries taking on Germany.


(CNN) — Here is a look at what you need to know about D-Day. Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944.


June 6, 1944 – D-Day, World War II, the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The largest seaborne invasion in history.

The invasion’s code name was Operation Overlord.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the operation, and plans were made to land in Normandy, west of where the German troops and artillery are built up.

More: See historic photos from the landing

The “D” stands for Day. D-Day and H-Hour stand for the secret time/day an operation is scheduled to begin.

Code names for the five beaches where the Allies landed: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

The date June 5, 1944 was originally chosen for the invasion, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone one day.

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