It was 68 years ago today, June 6, 1944, the anniversary of a day that has been called “the 24 hours that saved the world.” Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest invasion of another country in the history of the world. That day marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany.
The bulk of the troops to make the assault were Americans and for that reason Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was in command. England’s Winston Churchill selected the name Overlord for the code name of the operation, which had been planned for more than a year. The Germans knew there would be an invasion but they didn’t know where the landings would take place. Allied intelligence used a number of “tricks” to confuse the Nazis as to where the invasion would occur. The Germans thought the landings would be where there was a port.
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