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Retrospect: June 6, 1944: D-Day Invasion

It has been called the most important weather forecast in history, and, without a doubt, the operational weather support for the Allied invasion of the coast of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944—otherwise known as D-Day—proved to be one of the most critical elements of this major turning point in World War II. The D-Day invasion marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, a major assault on German-occupied France by British, American, and Canadian forces that led to the liberation of western Europe and, ultimately, the surrender of Germany.

Contributing Editor Sean Potter is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.       

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