- Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France.
- Troops from the UK, France, US, and Canada landed on five beaches on the French coast to liberate France from Nazi occupation.
- Servicemen, veterans, politicians, and World War II re-enactors gathered in England and France to commemorate the landings with military spectacle.
- See photos of the event below.
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June 6, 2019, marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, where Allied troops invaded the French coast to liberate the country from Nazi occupation.
On this day 75 years ago, a total of 156,000 troops from Britain, France, the US, and Canada landed on five beaches to attack German forces, the start of a campaign to liberate northwestern Europe from the Nazis.
It was the largest naval, air, and land operation ever attempted. On that day alone, some 4,400 allied troops died, and between 4,000 and 9,000 German troops are believed to have died, the BBC reported. Thousands of French civilians also died.
Servicemen, veterans, politicians, and World War II re-enactors gathered in England and France’s seasides to commemorate the event on Wednesday and Thursday.
The affair included a Royal Air Force flypast over Portsmouth, England, nonagenarian veterans parachuting over Normandy, and vintage military jeeps lining up on the beach.
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Celebrations started getting underway in both England and France on Wednesday. Here, military jeeps line Arromanches beach in Normandy, France, to prepare for Thursday’s celebrations.
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In Portsmouth, England, the aeronautics team of Britain’s Royal Air Force — known as the Red Arrows — performed a flypast.
People lined the beach in Portsmouth to see the event.
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