This is a day that needs to never be forgotten. Men were afraid, but they kept moving forward. Men willingly sacrificed their lives in order to break the back of evil and terror. June 6th, 1944 is a day when men became heroes! We need men today to be willing to do the same thing. We need some heroes! #DDay
The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
The assault was chaotic with boats arriving at the wrong point and others getting into difficulties in the water.
Troops managed only to gain a small foothold on the beach - but they built on their initial breakthrough in the coming days and a harbour was opened at Omaha.
They met strong resistance from the German forces who were stationed at strongpoints along the coastline.
Approximately 10,000 allies were injured or killed - 6,603 American, of which 2,499 were fatal, 2,700 UK soldiers and 1,074 Canadians, of which 359 fatal.
Between 4,000 and 9,000 German troops were killed - and it proved the pivotal moment of the war, in the allied forces' favour.
The invasion had required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support.
An amazing quote I read today: 70 years ago, 18-20-year-olds were jumping out of planes and storming beaches to protect our freedom, today 18-20-year-olds are complaining that they don't feel safe and need safe spaces to protect their fragile minds, they have no idea what freedom is because they've never fought for it.