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US General Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the eve of giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

On 6 June 1944, a date known ever since as D-Day, Allied troops crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to Normandy, France, and took back Western Europe from Hitler’s Nazi regime. Code-named Operation Overlord, this endeavour involved more than 5,000 ships and was the most massive amphibious assault that the world had ever seen.