PHOTOS: 70th anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944
The great Allied invasion of Europe began 70 years ago in Normandy, France. Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious military action ever attempted. The armada comprised of 5,000 vessels and 11,000 airplanes ferried 150,000 men across the English Channel. Nine battleships, 23 cruisers, 104 destroyers and 71 large landing craft were further assisted by minesweepers, merchantmen, troop transports and other small craft.