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D-Day Sixtieth Anniversary

D-Day Sixtieth Anniversary

Odegaard Undergraduate Library

first floor Copy Center Display Board

It was sixty years ago along a fifty-mile stretch of the coast of France that the biggest combined naval, military and air operation ever seen began. In the early hours of June 6th, 1944, the first of thousands of Allied troops began landing in Normandy. Code-named Overlord, the D-Day landings remain one of the most memorable events of the Second World War.

This exhibit pays tribute to that great event, the Allied invasion of northern France. By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. Despite the German resistance which was intense, Allied casualties overall were relatively light. The United States and Britain each lost about 1,000 men, and Canada 355. Before the day was over, 155,000 Allied troops would be in Normandy.

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