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What does the 'D' in D-Day stand for?

The words "doom", "debarkation" and "deliverance" have all been suggested as meanings for the "D" in D-Day.

D-Day re-enactment of WW2 American soldiers on Gold Beach in France to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion. Credit: PA

But the letter is derived from the word "Day" meaning the day on which a military operation begins.

The day before D-Day was D-1 and the day after was D+1.

D-Day has been used for many different operations but is most closely associated with the Allied landings on Normandy's beaches on June 6 1944.

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