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WWII 1944. #82nd #Airborne paratroopers [#Fort #Bragg, #NC]  fly over the English Channel en route to play a key role in the invasion of France by landing along a 100 mile front of the Normandy coast. [AP-US Signal Corps] fayobserver.com/ qw

American Paratroopers fly over the English Channel enroute to play a key role in the invasion of France by landing along a 100 mile front of the Normandy coast on June (AP Photo/U.

Re-enactment photo of June 6th 1944.   The 507th were to be dropped west of the Merderet River on D-Day, but most landed in the river and drowned. However, a small force of the 2nd Battalion was able to secure a perimeter along the western bank of the river.  Approximately 215,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded during D-Day and the ensuing three months it took to secure the capture of Normandy, a battle that helped free France from Nazi control.

Landing inside Drop Zone T off the coast of Normandy, 34 Soldiers with the Battalion (Airborne), Parachute Infantry Regiment, participated in a historic parachute jump with paratroopers from around the world June 7 commemorating the anniversary of D-Day.

The real Band of Brothers: Easy Company in Holland, 18 September 1944. L-r is Amos Taylor, McLauren, Jim Alley, Bill Kiehn and Campbell T. Smith. Carwood Lipton in center facing away from the camera.

The real Band of Brothers: Easy Company in Holland, 18 September L-r is Amos Taylor, McLauren, Jim Alley, Bill Kiehn and Campbell T. Carwood Lipton in center facing away from the camera.

A sign outside Trinity Church, New York City, inviting worshippers to 'Come in and pray for Allied victory' in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, 6th June 1944. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A sign outside Trinity Church, New York City, inviting worshippers to 'Come in and pray for Allied victory' in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Vintage b&w NYC photo.

Until the very last minute, the place of invasion - Normandy - was the most heavily guarded secret on the planet.Even the units conducting the initial assaults did not know the locations of their landings. Surprise was crucial since Germany had 55 divisions in France - the Allies could transport no more than 8 divisions on D-Day morning. It is estimated that nearly 2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen were involved in Operation Overlord.

Until the very last minute, the place of invasion - Normandy - was the most heavily guarded secret on the planet.Even the units conducting the initial assaults did not know the locations of their landings. Surprise was crucial since Germany had 55 divisions in France - the Allies could transport no more than 8 divisions on D-Day morning. It is estimated that nearly 2 million soldiers, sailors and airmen were involved in Operation Overlord.

Lt. Irene Boothroyd. She landed at Utah Beach in Normandy on June 16, 1944. Lt. Boothroyd was a member of the Army Nurse Corps, participating in the drive across France and Belgium with General Patton's 3rd Army. She was called the nurse of the Battle of the Bulge as she cared for the wounded in that battle in the Ardennes during January 1945. She attained the rank of Captain and during the Korean War she cared for wounded soldiers State-side ~

She landed at Utah Beach in Normandy on June She attained the rank of Captain.

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Waffen SS POWs captured by 8 British Corps in Normandy, June are being escorted by a height challenged British soldier. *Note the Woodland camo long coat worn by the officer.

6th June 1944: Allied troops exiting a landing craft in trucks on a beachhead during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. (Photo by Anthony Potter Collection/Getty Images)

Allied troops exiting a landing craft in trucks on a beachhead during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. June 1944 (Photo by Anthony Potter Collection/Getty Images)

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