D-Day veterans have returned to Normandy, France, to mark the 78th anniversary of the invasion that changed the course of World War II.

The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.

What is D-Day’s 78th Anniversary?

Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

It had been 5 years. Nazi Germany had established dominance in Europe and occupied many countries, including France. The Allied powers had been waiting for years to deal a blow to Nazi Germany.

And finally the long awaited moment has come. On June 6, 1944, Operation Neptune began. A total of 1 million 332 thousand soldiers from 12 countries participated in the operation.