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Last Updated: Thursday June 03 2004 13:45 GMT

Where did it happen?

Soldiers at D-Day in 1944

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.