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Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day during World War II: Slideshow

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Friday the 6th of June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings that saw 156,000 troops from the Allied countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.

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A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

Sisters Faith, Liberty and Jubilee Phillips (see photos, top left) from San Antonio, Texas, are among the hundreds of D-Day re-enactment enthusiasts who will be dressed as World War II American soldiers for some of the planned events.

Many World War II veterans from various countries who took part in the invasions will be on hand to remember the fallen and commemorate the historical events.

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