The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landings on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, during World War II. Invasion forces landed at Gold Beach, Sword Beach, Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and Utah Beach.
The landing started on the so-called D-Day. It was by the Allies of World War II: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other countries. The whole event was codenamed "Operation Overlord" and was intended to open the Western Front in the war. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. After the landing, the Allied forces failed to take any of the towns and places that they had planned to take. However, they controlled the beaches, and in the following days, they moved inland.
German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. The Normandy landings were the largest and deadliest amphibious assault in the history of warfare.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the commander of the Normandy landings.
- The Normandy Invasion Archived 2010-11-08 at the Wayback Machine at the US Army Center of Military History
- Neptune Operations Plan Archived 2014-05-03 at the Wayback Machine
- Naval details for Overlord at Naval-History.Net
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- Documents on D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy Archived 2017-12-01 at the Wayback Machine at the Eisenhower Presidential Center