Tributes pour in for D-Day troops on 75th anniversary

Jun 06, 2019, 6:20 AM EDT
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)

The leaders of France and Britain paid homage to the “raw courage” of thousands of D-Day soldiers on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the invasion of France by allied forces that paved the way for the ouster of German Nazi from western Europe.

During a Franco-British ceremony in Ver-Sur-Mer, British Prime Minister Theresa May, accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron, saluted the “special generation” of young men who laid down their lives to build a better world, writes Reuters.

The D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944 were meticulously planned for weeks and mark the largest ever sea-borne invasion, in which more than 22,000 soldiers under the British command lost their lives.

Fierce fighting followed the Normandy landings, and the allied forces managed to retake the French capital from German troops on August 25, 1944, reports The Guardian.