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D-Day veterans honoured 70 years after Normandy landings

Heroes of the liberation of Europe were joined by world leaders as tens of thousands of people remembered the courage and sacrifices of servicemen on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Codenames of Normandy beaches involved on D-Day

These are the codenames of five beaches across the coast of Normandy where Allied nations landed more than 130,000 troops on D-Day.

  • SWORD: Some 29,000 men of the 3rd British Infantry Division landed at Sword. There were around 630 casualties.
  • GOLD: Nearly 25,000 men from the British 50th Division landed here on D-Day. Around 413 men were killed or wounded on Gold beach and 89 landing crafts were destroyed.
  • JUNO: The assault landings were made by the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division and casualty figures were high among the 21,400 men who landed there.
  • OMAHA: Landings were made by the 1st and 29th American Infantry Divisions and more than 2,000 were killed or wounded - the highest number of casualties out of the five beaches.
  • UTAH: More than 23,000 men from the American 4th Infantry Division landed at Utah - 200 were killed, wounded or missing.

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