UK. Weymouth. June 1944. Boats full of US troops wait to leave England to take part in Operation Overlord.
Nearly 200,000 Allied troops boarded 7,000 ships and more than 3,000 aircraft and headed towards Normandy. Some 156,000 troops landed on the French beaches, 24,000 by air and the rest by sea, where they met stiff resistance from well-defended German positions across 50 miles of French coastline.
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