70th anniversary of D-Day

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D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of ‘Operation Overlord’, a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.

Remembering D-Day

D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany.

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Former Commando Pat Churchill stands in the map room where the D-Day landing beaches are marked at Southwick House near Portsmouth on June 2, 2014. The allied naval headquarters were based at Southwick House and the map room is where US General Dwight D. Eisenhower – the Supreme Allied Commander – made the final decision to go ahead with the D-Day landings. Some 156,000-plus troops waded or parachuted onto French soil on June 6, 1944, approximately 4,500 of whom were dead by the day's end, in a defining moment of World War II .AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
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Visitors take pictures of cross-Channel guns on May 30, 2014 in Longues-sur-Mer, northwestern France, some days ahead of the 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day with world leaders. The D-Day ceremonies will be preceded by a meeting in Brussels of the leaders of the G7 major industrialised powers. AFP PHOTO/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Britain's Prince Charles (2nd L), Prince of Wales, watches as teams of French, US, Canadian and British paratroopers jump from aeroplanes during a D-Day commemoration in Ranville, northern France, on June 5, 2014, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and "Operation Overlord", a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / POOL / LEON NEAL
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Artists perform during the international D-Day commemoration ceremony in Ouistreham, in Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: A helicopter drops rose petals over the Statue of Liberty during the Commemorating 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 06, 2014 in New York City. Three helicopters have showered 1 million rose petals on the Statue during a event organized by the organization "The French Will Never Forget" to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II D-Day landings. Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP
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Alpha jets, part of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France, leave trails of smoke in the colours of the French national flag during an international D-Day commemoration ceremony on the beach of Ouistreham, Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT
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This picture taken with a mobile phone shows people wearing WWII British uniforms standing in front of 22.000 British national flags on June 6, 2014 in Asnelles, Normandy, during a ceremony on the "Gold beach" where British troops landed on June 6, 1944 during the Operation Overlord. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET
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British World War II veteran Frederick Glover poses for a photograph as soldiers parachute down during a D-Day commemoration paratroopers launch event in Ranville, northern France, on June 5, 2014, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS BREGARDIS
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U.S. 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
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Britain's Prince Charles (R), Prince of Wales, speaks with British World War II veteran Jock Hutton (L), 89, after Hutton and teams of French, US, Canadian and British paratroopers jumped from aeroplanes during a D-Day commemoration in Ranville, northern France, on June 5, 2014, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and "Operation Overlord", a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / POOL / LEON NEAL
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British World War II veteran Jock Hutton (C), 89, stands following his landing after he and teams of French, US, Canadian and British paratroopers jumped from aeroplanes during a D-Day commemoration in Ranville, northern France, on June 5, 2014, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and "Operation Overlord", a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / POOL / LEON NEAL
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Britain's Red Arrows airplane display team perform during D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth in southern England on June 5, 2014. Several hundred surviving veterans of the 1944 D-Day landings are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the mission on both sides of the English channel. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT
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Herat shaped vapour trails are left in the sky after Britain's Red Arrows airplane display team performed during D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth in southern England on June 5, 2014. Several hundred surviving veterans of the 1944 D-Day landings are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the mission on both sides of the English channel. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT
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People dressed like British Worl War II soldiers walk in in Carentan, Normandy, on June 5, 2014, a dayd ahead of the D-Day ceremonie. The commemorations will mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET
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British World War II veterans attend a D-Day commemoration lunch event with the Prince of Wales, in Ranville, northern France, on June 5, 2014, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS BREGARDIS
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A French man dressed in vintage military clothing drives an old American military jeep on the beachside in Arromanches-les-Bains, northern France, on June 5, 2014, one day before the start of the D-Day commemorations. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / JEAN FRANCOIS MONIER
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British Royal Marine Commandos wait on a landing craft after demonstrating a beach landing during D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth in southern England on June 5, 2014. Several hundred surviving veterans of the 1944 D-Day landings are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the mission on both sides of the English channel. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT
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Australian officers sit during a visit of Bayeux's war cemetery, on June 5, 2014, in northern France, a day before the start of the D-Day commemorations. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER
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German soldiers stand in line as they attend a US-German D-Day commemoration ceremony in honour of airborne soldiers on June 5, 2014 in Picauville, northern France. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of the vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD
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British World War II veteran Jim Stirling, 89, a telegraph operator during the war, poses in front of a Sherman tank near the Bayeux War Cemetery in the city of Bayeux, northern France, on June 4, 2014, two days before the start of the D-Day commemorations. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. AFP PHOTO / JEAN FRANCOIS MONIER
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A man dressed as a World War II-era American soldier poses with American veteran Donald Burgett (R) in Saint-Come-du-Mont, near Utah beach, on June 4, 2014, ahead of the 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings. Burgett, now 89, landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944 and fought in the D-Day battle as part of the Able Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET
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British World War II veterans (from top L-R) Royal Engineer Bob Stephens, of the 29th Infantry Division Jeffrey Lee, Arnhem veteran David Whiteman, Private Owen Butcher, (bottom L-R) Chairman of the Southend branch of Normandy Veterans Don Sheppard, Radar Operator Len Hobbs, Desert Rat Trooper Fred Roberts and Gunner Ron Spence pose for pictures in Basildon, Essex, on June 3, 2014, before heading to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. No effort has been spared to ensure this year's ceremonies are a fitting tribute to the 156,000-plus troops who waded or parachuted onto French soil on June 6, 1944, approximately 4,500 of whom were dead by the day's end. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL
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A photo taken with a mobile phone shows a man, wearing a uniform of the US WWII soldiers, on the Vierville-sur-Mer beach, one of the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, on June 2, 2014 a few days before the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. No effort has been spared to ensure this year's ceremonies are a fitting tribute to the 156,000-plus troops who waded or parachuted onto French soil on June 6, 1944, approximately 4,500 of whom were dead by the day's end. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower told the troops in his command, “Your task will not be an easy one.” The task: the Allied invasion of Normandy. This was the largest amphibious invasion in history, left thousands of allied troops dead. Even more wounded. CCTV’s Richard Bestic is in France for the anniversary commemoration.

70th anniversary of D-day

70th anniversary of D-day

Friday also marks 70 years since then U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower told the troops in his command, "Your task will not be an easy one." The task: the Allied invasion of Normandy.Eisenhower was correct.The largest amphibious invasion in history, left thousands of allied troops dead. Even more wounded. CCTV's Richard Bestic is in France for the anniversary commemoration.
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