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Why is D-Day important in WWII?

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"D-Day" refers to the day the Allied forces invaded continental Europe via Normandy, France, ultimately marking the beginning of the end for WWII. The Allies soon freed France and opened an Allied, western front against Hitler, thus leaving Germany's forces to contend with threats from the west, as well as with the Soviets on the east. 

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World War II took place between 1939 and 1945 between the Axis Powers (Germany, Japan, Italy) and the Allied Powers (US, Soviet Union, Great Britain, France, China).

Among the causes of the war were unsettled disputes from World War I and the growing power of Nazi Germany. For the US, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a major factor in the decision to enter the war.

D-Day is another name for the invasion of Normandy in which the Allied forces attacked the German forces in a place called Normandy on the coast of France on June 6, 1944. There were some 156,000 Allied troops that invaded that day. It...

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Because that is the only way to know how the nazis where stopped so @#$& them!

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D-day refers to the allied forces' invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. It is widely regarded as the single most important event in WWII and led to its conclusion in Europe. It resulted in the freedom of France. This invasion helped allied forces open a western front, which the Soviet Union had been demanding for a long time. This front, initially started at Normandy Beach, was continually expanded in the coming months with the landing of more allied troops. This new front led to the division of the German forces, who were also battling Soviet Union forces on the eastern front and were in retreat after the loss of the Battle of Stalingrad. The weakened German forces were easily defeated and finally the tide was decisively turned in favor of the allied forces, thus making D-day the cornerstone of WWII.

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astrosonuthird | Student

The term D-Day also frequently refers to the Allied invasion od France during ww2. On 6 june 1944, British and canadian troops landed in Normandy in France.

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D-Day, or 'Deliverance Day' , 6th June 1944, was, as pointed out above by pohnpei397, the day of the allied 'riposte' or counter-invasion of German-occupied Europe (via the Normandy/French landings chiefly) which finally led to Germany's defeat.

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