One of the most famous events in World War II happened on this day 69 years ago. In what would come to be known as D-Day, on June 6th, 1944 over 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France.
The Normandy landings consisted of two phases. The first phase was the deployment of airborne troops and equipment just after midnight, some distance inland of the beaches. Their mission was to cause confusion among the German troops, prevent counter-attacks on the Allied troops that would be coming by sea, and to prevent the flanking of Allied positions on two of the beaches. The second phase consisted of troops, tanks and other equipment coming in by sea, covering an area of coast 50 miles long which was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold, and Sword.