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By Gordon Forgey

A lesson from D-Day


June 6, 2019

The D-Day landings took place in Normandy France, June 6, 1944.

That was 75 years ago during World War II.

The landings were a great gamble. They were a do or die situation intended to gain a foothold in Europe for the United States and its allies and to open a second front against Nazi Germany.

Thousands of troops landed on the Normandy coast of France. Thousands parachuted behind German lines.

Those on the beaches faced the daunting Atlantic Wall, a series of defenses that the Germans had been preparing for years.

It was a massive effort.

The allies built artificial harbors to supply the...

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