By the end of May 1944, a large part of Europe was under the control of the Axis Powers, led by Germany, Italy and Japan. However, on June 06 more than 156,000 American, British, Canadian and French soldiers joined forces and stormed the beaches of Normandy, France fighting their way inland in an operation that marked the beginning of the end of a conflict. The operation that started on this day turned the tide of World War Two.
Before D-Day, the Allied Powers staged Operation Fortitude deceiving Germany into believing the landings would take place in Pas-de-Calais, and not Normandy, which was further to the west. Dummy tanks, landing craft and planes were staged in southeastern England so they would be spotted by German aircraft.
On June 06, 1944 Allies began D-Day in, and marked the start of the assault phase of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe — codenamed Operation Overlord.
The assault eventually won back control of France from German forces and was a decisive stage in the liberation of Europe.