Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy, France. The date June 6, 1944 is also known as D-Day, and marks the beginning of the end of WWII.
The liberation of Nazi-occupied Western Europe began with D-Day and the subsequent Battle of Normandy, which was eventually won by British, American, Canadian, French and other allied forces.
The Normandy landings remain the largest seaborne invasion in history, with an estimated 6,939 vessels involved. Among those vessels were approximately 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels and 277 minesweepers.
The Battle of Normandy played out over several months following D-Day, but casualties on June 6 alone amounted to over 4,000 confirmed dead and close to 10,000 injured for the Allies. The Germans are estimated to have suffered between 4,000 and 9,000 casualties.
The Allies eventually gained control of Normandy and went on to liberate Paris in August 1944.
These images offer glimpses of moments during this time, from the landings at Normandy to the liberation of Paris.