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  D-Day
What was D-Day?
What happened?
Where did it happen?
How fierce was the fighting?
Why was it called D-Day?
The 60th anniversary

 
Extract from our D-Day landings map Where did it happen?

The Allied troops landed on beaches along an 80km stretch of the Normandy coastline, in the north of France.

It's not the nearest part of France to the UK. It was chosen because Hitler was expecting the invasion force to cross the English channel at its narrowest point.

By making a longer sea voyage they avoided some of the heaviest coastal defences.


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