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Thursday 6 June 2019 will be the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion to liberate Europe during World War II. We explore some facts and figures relating to D-Day.

On Tuesday 6 June 1944 the largest seaborne invasion force in history landed on an 80 km stretch of the Normandy coast in France.

COMING ASHORE: American troops wade ashore at Colleville sur Mer in Normandy as reinforcements.

AND SO IT BEGINS: Paratroopers from the American 101st Airborne Division en route to their drop zone. From 23h00 on 5 June some 24,000 airborne troops were delivered behind the German lines to secure important roads and bridges.

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