75 years ago, Allied forces mounted Operation Overlord. The largest military operation ever attempted began the process of freeing the European continent from the jackboot of Nazi tyranny.
So familiar are we with the general story of D-Day that it is easy to forget some of the extraordinary details. By June 1944, more than two million troops from over 12 countries had assembled in the UK ready for the assault into occupied Europe.
An elaborate intelligence operation which included double agents, phantom armies, and a body double for General Bernard Montgomery successfully fooled the Germans into believing that the pas de Calais would be the real target of operations, and that any attack into Normandy was just a ruse.
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