D-Day practice landing, 1944

D-Day practice landing, 1944

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Credit: US COAST GUARD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: D-Day practice landing. US Coast Guard-manned vessels and US troops taking part in a practice landing at Slapton Sands, Devon, UK, in preparation for the D-Day landings. This beach was used from December 1943 by US troops preparing to land on Utah Beach. The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were the largest seaborne invasion in history. They successfully liberated the Normandy coast of Nazi-occupied France, contributing to the Allied victory in World War II. During the landings, the Allied force of some 156,000 (from the UK, USA and Canada) took some 12,000 casualties and suffered more than 4000 dead.

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