D-Day in numbers: The remarkable statistics behind the largest seaborne invasion in history

Though it is known as the largest seaborne invasion in history, the assault on the beaches of Normandy that began on D-Day remains staggering in its scale to this day.

Some numbers below provide an indication of the massive effort involved.

Troops wade ashore from a landing craft in Normandy.
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61,715 of those were British soldiers, with 73,000 American and 21,400 Canadian.

An A-20 from the 416th Bomb Group making a bomb run on D-Day.
Credit: United States Army Air Force

The aircraft carried 23,400 airborne troops and conducting 14,674 sorties.

Infantrymen wade to shore under the cover of naval shelling.
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Operation Neptune - the codename for the initial stage of the Normandy invasions - lasted from 6-30 June.

US troops approach Omaha Beach.
Credit: US National Archives

This, according to recent research by The US National D-Day Memorial Foundation, is far higher than previous estimates of around 2,500 dead.

Two German soldiers raise their hands after being captured.
Credit: DPA/Deutsche Press-Agentu

No official tally of German losses on D-Day currently exists.

British troops assembled on the beach after landing in Normandy.
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The assaults took place on five beaches, codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah, and Sword.

Research from D-Day Museum, Portsmouth and the US National D-Day Memorial Foundation.

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