Allied soldiers jumped into the sea off the coast of Normandy, weighed down with about 35 kilograms (75 pounds) of gear, and fought their way through the waves, machine-gun fire and barbed wire, on to the French beaches on this day in 1944.
It would take almost another year to bring World War II in Europe to an end, but with Allied forces landed in France, the tide was truly turned. Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Normandy Landings of 156,000 men on an 80 kilometre (50 mile) stretch of the Normandy coast, which was divided into five sectors codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beach, formed the largest seaborne invasion in history.
So that we never forget those brave men, we will drink to them today with a Widow's Kiss, based on Normandy's favourite drink, Calvados.
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