Photograph of Royal British Marines during Final Amphibious Maneuvers on the North African Coast
Original caption: The Coast Guard Lands the British Marines- Down the ramps, through the surf and up the beach dash Royal British Marines form U.S. Coast Guard-manned landing craft during final amphibious maneuvers on the coast of North Africa. The Britons came in aboard a Coast Guard-manned assault transport. Coast Guard landing craft, like these, struck the Coast of France in the initial liberation waves on D-Day!
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The Normandy landings on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 was the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Continental Europe. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard invasion in Europe, to defeat German troops.