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What is the meaning of D-day?

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The United States military uses the term D-day as a start date for field operations. There are many D-day dates in history but the most famous is the one that occurred on June 6, 1944.

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Another code word for the beginning of an operation by the armed forces is H-hour. These two terms began to be in popular use during World War I.

The most famous D-day occurred in 1944. Operation Overload is another name for the event. This D-day began what was to result in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control. The Battle of Normandy is also a name for the event.

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    What were the causes of D-Day?

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    The June 6, 1944 landing operations in Normandy, codenamed "Operation Neptune" and known as "D-Day," were undertaken by the Western Allies in an effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. The Normandy landings were the largest seaborne invasion in history at the time.

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    What effect did D-Day have on the war?

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    D-Day's major effect on was to open a new front in the European war. This forced Germany to fight the Russians on one front and the Americans and British on the other. As with World War I, Germany was not able to fight a war on two fronts successfully.

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    How many casualties were there on D-Day?

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    It is estimated that there were between 14,000 and 19,000 casualties on the initial day of the invasion of Normandy. Allied forces suffered the greatest number with approximately 10,000 casualties. The Germans suffered between 4,000 and 9,000 casualties.

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    Where can you find a list of the casualties on D-Day?

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    An alphabetical list of all of the Allied casualties from D-Day is available from the U.S. National D-Day Memorial. The names of all of the Allied D-Day casualties are also engraved on 116 bronze plaques at The National D-Day Memorial, located in Bedford, Virginia.

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