6 June, 1944. World War Two had dragged on for five miserably long years. Although Hitler had suffered recent setbacks in North Africa and Russia, Germany still maintained a stranglehold on the European continent.
Moreover, the Nazis’ diabolical "Final Solution" genocide moved forward at an alarming pace; millions had already been slaughtered or forced to endure horrific brutality in concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau.
The Battle of D-Day (D = Day and signifying the initial day of attack) would become the largest amphibious invasion in military history. The plan involved 160,000 Allied infantry soldiers and several thousand planes, ships and landing craft in a massive armada across the English Channel.
The daring, complex operation called for establishing a vital beachhead to launch an attack in northern France. There, facing a well-entrenched German Army, the first hours of fighting produced unimaginable carnage.
Ultimately, the Allies would prevail, opening the floodgates to liberate France and turn the tide of the war.
2019 will feature a host of well-deserved commemorations, honouring the 75th anniversary of the battle that changed the world. Challenge yourself with our D-Day quiz -- and find out how you rank in our army!
Christopher Warner is an actor and freelance writer. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and websites across multiple genres, including World War Two Quarterly, Portland Monthly, and bootsnall.com