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The Allied invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, was the largest amphibious invasion in history. The scale of the assault was unprecedented and is unlikely to be surpassed in the future.

By that summer, the Allies had managed to halt the advance of the formidable German war machine. The invasion presented an opportunity to start pushing back against the Nazis.

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Undoubtedly, the invasion stands as one of the greatest military undertakings in history. To accomplish this feat, the following resources were employed:

Approximately 7 million tons of supplies, including 450,000 tons of ammunition, were transported from the US to Britain in preparation for the invasion.

War planners created around 17 million maps to support the spearhead into continental Europe.

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The training for D-Day was grueling, and unfortunately, some exercises resulted in casualties. In late April 1944, during a live-fire rehearsal, German fast attack craft ambushed Allied forces, leading to the deaths of 749 American troops.

D-Day commenced shortly after midnight with Allied air operations. A total of 11,590 Allied aircraft flew 14,674 sorties during the invasion, deploying airborne troops to designated drop points and bombing enemy positions.

Before the additional Allied forces stormed the beaches, 15,500 American and 7,900 British airborne troops were dropped into France behind enemy lines.

The beach assault involved 6,939 naval vessels, including 1,213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships, 736 ancillary craft, and 864 merchant vessels, crewed by 195,700 sailors.

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