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75th anniversary of D-Day invasion of Europe in World War II

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Allied troops land on the beach during the Normandy invasion.
US Army Photo

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and began to reclaim the European mainland.

That day, 75 years ago, marked a turning point on the western front and in World War II.

The following images give you some idea of what those US, British, and Canadian troops saw when they left their landing craft and waded into history.

Robert Johnson composed an earlier version of this story.

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