NORMANDY, France -- On June 6, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history took place.

Allied forces, including the U.S. and Britain, landed on the stormy beaches of Normandy in an effort to invade German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The seaborne arrival of the Allied forces was preceded by an airborne assault and naval attacks. 24,000 British, U.S. and Canadian troops landed on the shores around midnight.The stormy weather on the day of the attack nearly led to it being postponed -- the attack had been planned month in advance, though, and those involved determined that delaying the invasion any further would've resulted in an inexcusable two-week delay.

It's widely regarded as a victorious and a heroic feat. As the 70th anniversary of D-Day is fast approaching, let's take a look back at the men who sacrificed everything to ensure freedom for their country -- as well as freedom for millions around the globe.

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