Historic photos bring the D-Day invasion to life, 70 years after it happened

Published: Friday, June 6 2014 12:51 a.m. MDT

Associated Press
Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops, aided by more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, began their invasion of Europe during World War II, bringing the long, bloody fight against the Third Reich to Adolf Hitler's doorstep.

More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded during the invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France, in what would become known as D-Day.

The war in Europe came to a close in May 1945, and World War II ended when the Japanese surrendered several months later.

As world leaders, veterans, soldiers and family members gather in France today to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we present a photographic look back at the event that helped turn the tide of the war.

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