Today in History – Operation Overlord

Today in 1944 Operation Overlord was launched.

Operation Overlord?was the code name for the?Battle of Normandy, the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied?western Europe?during?World War II?by?Allied?forces. The operation commenced on 6 June 1944 with the?Normandy landings?(Operation Neptune, commonly known as?D-Day). A 12,000-plane airborne assault preceded an?amphibious assault?involving almost 7,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the?English Channel?on 6 June; more than three?million allied troops were in France by the end of August.

Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on D-Day itself came from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.?Free French Forcesand?Poland?also participated in the battle after the assault phase, and there were also minor contingents from Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands, and Norway.?Other Allied nations participated in the naval and air forces.

The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, concluding with the closing of the?Falaise pocket?on 24 August, the?Liberation of Paris?on 25 August, and the German retreat across the Seine which was completed on 30 August 1944.