(NBC News) Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II.
The invasion by allied troops was considered a turning point in the war for cracking Hitler's western front as Soviet troops advanced in the east.
Around 160-thousand allied troops crossed the English Channel on the initial D-Day assault on June sixth, 1944.
At least 4,400 allied troops were killed the first day. Thousands more died in the three month long battle of Normandy that followed.
President Obama will join other leaders and world dignitaries in marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France today.
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