What Country Directed Normandy's Invasion During World War II?


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The Normandy invasion (Battle of Normandy, or D-Day) of June 1944 was led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower of the United States. Eisenhower became the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe in December 1943 and as such, he was given the task of planning and seeing through most of America's combat operations in Western Europe.

The Battle of Normandy, also known as "Operation Overlord," was an important turning point in the Second World War and proved to be a key setback for Germany. Some three million American, British and Canadian soldiers crossed the English Channel and invaded the north of France, which had been under German occupation since June 1940.

Over 7000 ships and other military landing crafts were used during the invasion and five naval divisions took part in the fighting at five different locations along the coast. Despite the success of the allied forces, they did sustain heavy casualties, numbering approximately 10,300 troops in total.

Fighting continued in France even after D-Day, on June 6, 1944, and it was only on August 25, 1944 that western forces successfully liberated Paris.

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