On June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches on the coast of France’s Normandy region. The British and Canadians captured the Gold, Juno and Sword beaches with little struggle. U.S. forces faced heavy resistance at Omaha Beach. By the day’s end, the Allies successfully stormed the Normandy beaches. More than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives during the invasion.