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A 102-year-old war veteran dies on his way to a D-Day commemoration

A 102-year-old war veteran dies on his way to a D-Day commemoration

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June 6, 1944, D-Day, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the code name for the liberation of Western Europe, occupied by Nazi Germany. The operation was carried out by the Allies. These include the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and France.

D-Day is the code name for the first day of the Allied landings on the beaches of France’s Normandy region. Tens of thousands of soldiers – mostly Americans, British and Canadians – crossed the Channel between the United Kingdom and France and attacked German positions. On D-Day alone, 4,400 Allied soldiers were killed.

Allied soldiers landed on the coast of Normandy with parachutes, gliders, and thousands of ships. From there they moved inland, eventually liberating all of France.

D-Day marked the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe and heralded the eventual fall of the Nazi Third Reich. But D-Day was not the turning point in World War II. That turning point – the moment when fortunes turned – came earlier in the war: on the Eastern Front, where Nazi Germany and the then-Soviet Union had been fighting fiercely since 1941. Most historians see the Battle of Kursk, in which hundreds of thousands were killed, as a The turning point in World War II.

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