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World War II (1939-1945)

D-Day's toll bears remembering

Even World War II veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion 74 years ago today may forget its sheer magnitude. Operation Overlord, as it was named, was the largest amphibious landing in history.

Consider these numbers:

» 156,000 U.S. and Allied troops

» 5,000 ships and landing craft

» 11,000 fighter, bomber and support aircraft

» 50,000 combat and support vehicles, spread across 288 yards of exposed beach before reaching any cover

» 13,000 paratroopers behind enemy lines

Within three days:

» 326,000 troops and 180,000 tons of supplies crossed the English channel

» Allies suffered...