D-Day 2017: 73rd Anniversary Photos of Normandy Beach Invasion

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U.S. troops disembark from landing crafts during D-Day after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches. (AFP/Getty Images)

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-held France on the beaches of Normandy. Remember the courage of these men through these pictures.

Operation Neptune was part of the larger Operation Overlord. The belligerents included the Allied forces, consisting of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Free France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland, against Nazi Germany.

By late August, all of Nazi-occupied northern France had been liberated from Nazis thanks to Operation Overlord, which started with D-Day. In military terminology, “D-Day” is the day on which any given combat operation begins. Therefore there has been more than one D-Day throughout history, but “Operation Overlord” is the most famous of these. The “D” in “D-Day” does not stand for anything.

D-Day was also a turning point in the war, as it led to the total defeat of Adolf Hitler and his regime.

Continue on to see learn more about these remarkable, historical photos:


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Barrage balloons and shipping at Omaha Beach during the Allied amphibious assault, before the installation of Mulberry Harbour. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)


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General Hiroshi Oshima (1886 – 1975, right), the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany, with high ranking German officers at a coastal gun battery during a tour of the coastal defences of the Atlantic Wall in western Europe, November 1943. Oshima’s subsequent detailed report on the fortifications and on local troop deployment was intercepted by the Allies and influenced their planning for the D-Day assault. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


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General Hiroshi Oshima (1886 – 1975, right), the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany, with high ranking German officers on a tour of the coastal defences of the Atlantic Wall in western Europe, November 1943. Oshima’s subsequent detailed report on the fortifications and local troop deployment was intercepted by the Allies and influenced their planning for the D-Day assault. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


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FRANCE – JUNE 6: American troops landed on Normandy beaches (north-west of France), to come as reinforcements during the historic D-Day, 06 June 1944, during WW2. AFP PHOTO STAFF (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)


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UTAH BEACH, FRANCE: US troops disembark from landing crafts during D-Day 06 June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches. D-Day, 06 June 1944 is still one of the world’s most gut-wrenching and consequential battles, as the Allied landing in Normandy led to the liberation of France which marked the turning point in the Western theater of World War II. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)


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UTAH BEACH, FRANCE: US soldiers gather around trucks disembarking from landing crafts shortly after D-Day 06 June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches. D-Day, 06 June 1944 is still one of the world’s most gut-wrenching and consequential battles, as the Allied landing in Normandy led to the liberation of France which marked the turning point in the Western theater of World War II. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)


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6th June 1944: US troops in landing craft, during the D-Day landings. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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1943: A Valentine tank climbs the beach after leaving the landing craft during an invasion exercise in the run-up to D-Day. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)


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1943: Troops coming ashore during training exercises for the Allied D-Day invasion. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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1943: Men of the Royal Marines, tucked away in the landing craft, prepare to take part in invasion exercises. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)


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1943: British troops undertaking invasion exercise using Landing Craft Vehicles in heavy seas. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)


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1943: Crouched low in the landing craft with weapons at the ready, these soldiers speed through rough seas to the ‘attack’, during invasion rehearsals. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)


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1940: British soldiers negotiating a barbed wire defence during a seashore invasion exercise. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


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June 1944: This ‘Rhino’ Ferry is being used to transport reinforcements to the beachheads during the invasion of Normandy. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


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1944: A Royal Canadian Navy invasion craft, protected by barrage balloons and heading for a hostile beach. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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6th June 1944: American soldiers on a landing craft on their way to the Normandy beaches, during the invasion of Europe. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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1944: Construction of a Mulberry Harbour, and the unloading of supplies for the Allies at Colleville, France. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)


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June 1944: American tanks moving through the fields and hedgerows west of St Lo, on their way south after the successful landings in France. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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6th June 1944: A long line of LST or Landing Ship-Tanks, each towing a protective barrage_balloon, are seen heading away from the English coast carrying supplies to the French beachhead. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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June 1944: Medical orderlieswith the dead ready for burial in one of the first invasion graveyards in France. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


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1944: American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) travelling with US soldiers, in his capacity as war correspondent, on their way to Normandy for the D-Day landings. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)


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10th April 1943: A Sherman tank followed by American Combat Engineer troops in training prior to D-day. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)


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June 1944: The bodies of American soldiers lie on the ground in Normandy, France, awaiting burial, following the D-Day Allied invasion. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)


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1944: A US soldier helps some children with their skipping. He is watched by his comrades in a town street in the south of England, lined with equipment awaiting shipment to France. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)


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1944: An American GI asleep in a trench in Normandy. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

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