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Why was D-Day such an important historic event?

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By 1944, the Aliies were clearly winning the war, but the fight was not over. It was clear that no matter how hard Germany was pounded by aerial attacks, Hitler was not going to surrender until Germany was taken over inch-by-inch by land.

The Germans were very well aware that the Allies were going to make an attempt to land in northwest Europe—Allied troops were already in Italy—and the Nazis put massive resources into repelling such an attack.

While it looks easy and inevitable in hindsight, at the time it was uncertain whether the Allies could make it through German defenses or how long that would take or how many troops would have to be sacrificed. There was every fear an assault on the French coast could turn into a replica of the attempts on both sides in World War I in France to gain a decisive victory: the end results were a standoff and massive deaths—appalling levels of...

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It was a universal allied movement that displayed to the whole world that the Axis Powers were now officially on the defensive.