General Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the Second World War, delivered the above message to encourage Allied soldiers taking part in the D-Day invasion. (Image courtesy of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum).
The D-Day operation of June 6, 1944 brought together the land, air and sea forces of the allied armies in what became the largest invasion force in human history.
The operation, given the codename OVERLORD, delivered five naval assault divisions to the beaches of Normandy, France. The beaches were given the code names UTAH, OMAHA, GOLD, JUNO and SWORD. The invasion force included 7,000 ships and landing craft manned by over 195,000 naval personnel from eight allied countries. Almost 133,000 troops from England, Canada and the United States landed on D-Day.