On this day in history, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches in Normandy, France marking a critical turning point in World War II.  Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

The cost of lives was high.  More than 9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded but their sacrifice helped slow the advancement of Hitler’s army and eventually led to the defeat of the Nazis.

Graveyard on Normandy
Graveyard on Normandy