Seventy-five years ago today, on June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers taking part in the D-Day invasion of World War II were encouraged by the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who stated:
The eyes of the world are upon you.
More than 160,000 Allied troops were supported by over 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, fighting along the 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline in Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower referred to the operation as a crusade, noting:
…we will accept nothing less than full victory.
Victory in this critical battle (codenamed Operation Overlord), in which more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, provided for a foothold in German-occupied Continental Europe, foreshadowing the subsequent defeat of Adolph Hitler’s troops.