On June 6 1944 the Western Allies invaded occupied France, in the area of Normandy, established a beachhead and eventually defeated the German forces opposing them.
Operation Overlord started with a huge airborne assault as over a thousand transport planes carried the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the British 6th Airborne Division to Normandy. The main force was transported by ship and this was the largest seaborne invasion in history.
After all these years it is interesting to look at some aspects of this battle that have been overlooked by historians. Specifically: