Normandy landing beaches
On June 6th 1944, the Normandy allied landing started. Code-named “Overlord” it opened a breakthrough into the German defence system, “Atlantic Wall”. Those chosen of the specially trained assault troops were either dropped by parachute or landed by gliders during the night between June 5th and 6th, at meticulously chosen areas at the extremities of the impending battlefield. On June 6th at dawn, the 55-mile wide front assault (from west to east) witnessed the flood of thousands of men on 5 predefined beaches. This was the largest amphibious operation of History.
That is the way the Battle of Normandy started, one of the most important battles of WWII as regards strategy.
After a 4-year German occupation, hope was being revived in the mind of the Normans, French and other European citizens : the Liberation was imminent. By the side of the 3 Nations representing the majority of the men thrown in (USA, United Kingdom, Canada), no fewer than 15 others provided their vital support into that hard fighting and contributed with equal courage to the liberation of Europe.