Just prior to the D-Day invasion of American and Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France 70 years ago, General Dwight Eisenhower delivered a special message to invading troops. . . .
Six-thousand Americans are said to have lost their lives that day, along with 4,300 British and Canadian soldiers. German losses have been estimated at up to 9,000.
Near the end of the month of June 1944, the Allies brought in 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy in preparation for their march across Europe.