Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory” and he was right. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies had gained a significant foothold in Normandy.

 

While the cost was high – more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded –more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe and ultimately defeated Hitler.  On June 7, 1944 – the day after Allied troops came ashore – Britain’s “Daily Telegraph” declared the D-Day landings to be "the greatest invasion of all time."

 Here is actual footage from that day:

 

 

 

Hollywood has recreated the invasion for us many times. here are some examples:

 Storming Omaha Beach:

 

 

 

 

 

And here's one vet giving us his account of the day that changed the history of the world: