The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings 6.6.1944. Ranville, France the 1st village to be liberated when the bridge over Caen Canal was captured intact in early hours 6|6 by 6th Airborne Div troops, who landed nearby by parachute & glider. Many of their casualties are buried in Ranville War Cemetery which contains 2235 WWII Commonwealth burials, 97 are unidentified; & the adjoining Churchyard which contains 47 Commonwealth burials, 1 is unidentified.
6th June 1944: US troops travel the English Channel on a barge en route to Normandy, France for the D-Day Invasion, World War II. An American flag flies behind them. (Photo by Anthony Potter Collection/Getty Images)
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A '2nd Invasion Extra' edition of the Worcester Telegram newspaper, published in Worcester, Massachusetts, reporting the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Operation Deadstick is a documentary about the British Sixth Airborne Division and one of its heroic actions during World War II. It focuses on the story of Major John Howard and his ninety men who captured the Caen Canal Bridge in the early hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944.