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        D-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        View images taken from D-day of World War II. On June 6, 1944, a million and a half Allied troops stormed the French coastline in the greatest invasion in history. More than 2,500 Americans would lose their lives as the Allied Army ripped through Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, a German fortification along the Atlantic coastline, and began its campaign to liberate the country. The Allies would succeed in liberating Paris two months later, on August 25. The day of the invasion is forever known as “D-Day,” and would it mark a turn in World War II toward an eventual Allied victory.

        Treating the Wounded on D-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        At a newly established Normandy beachhead, a soldier, wounded during the D-Day invasion, receives blood plasma. France, June 6, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-192575).

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        Prepping for D-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        Workers at Higgins Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana. The craft these men built allowed the Allies to land troops at Normandy on D-Day. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USW3-034476-D).

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        Wounded on D-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        Bandaged soldiers, wounded during the D-Day invasion, take shelter behind chalk cliffs, Normandy, France. June 6, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-189910).

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        D-Day: Storming the Beach | Ken Burns: The War

        Allied soldiers wade through the surf during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. June 6, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (26-G-2343).

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        D-Day: Beach Bound | Ken Burns: The War

        As seen from a Coast Guard landing barge, the first wave of American soldiers approach the shores of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (26-G-237).

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        Downed on D-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        Crossed rifles serve as a tribute to an American soldier killed during the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. June, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (26-G-2397).

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        Respite on D-Day | Ken Burns: The War

        American soldiers rest after the successful D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. June 6, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-189923).

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        D-Day: Nearing Battle | Ken Burns: The War

        A landing craft packed with soldiers approaches the shores of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-320901).

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        D-Day: Packed | Ken Burns: The War

        Near an English port, a landing craft ferries American soldiers to the transport ship that will take them to Normandy for the D-Day invasion. June, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (80-G-252154).

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        Normandy: Approaching the Beach | Ken Burns: The War

        American soldiers in a Coast Guard landing barge near the French coast. They are replacements headed to the D-Day invasion shores. June, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (26-G-2349).

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        Normandy: Dead Cows Provide Cover | Ken Burns: The War

        On the road to Periers in Normandy, France, American soldiers use dead cows as cover from enemy fire. July 18, 1944. Credit: Fred Ramage/Getty Images (HK2902).

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        Normandy Beachhead | Ken Burns: The War

        At the recently established Normandy beachhead, Allied troops build roads and move inland. France, June 8, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-193082).

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        Finding a Target | Ken Burns: The War

        Two American soldiers use an opening in the brush to fire at a Nazi position across a clearing in Normandy, France. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-20N-40).

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        Hedgerows | Ken Burns: The War

        American GI's move cautiously through a breach in a Normandy hedgerow. France. July 25, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-191997).

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        Numbering the Dead | Ken Burns: The War

        Above the Allied beachhead, soldiers identify the bodies of German and American troops killed during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, June, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (80-G-285234).

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