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D-Day, World War II

D-Day, World War II

Today marks a significant event in history. D-Day, or the Normandy Landing, occurred on Tuesday 6th June, 1944, during World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The invasion resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

The majority of the troops to defeat the Nazis were American, British, and Canadian forces. On the day, they landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.

As one of the largest military assaults in history, extensive planning was required to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target – which was a success. The Normandy landings have been referred to as the beginning of the end of war in Europe.


Activity Ideas:

  • Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the UK for the second World War. Explore Winston’s words – here
  • Watch Sky News’ archive footage of the D-Day landings – here
  • Watch our Winston Churchill talk and quiz – here
  • And don’t miss the D-Day article in our Oomph! Digest this week – here