D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

By Andrew Thomson | UPDATED June 6, 2019 12:52pmET

On the morning of June 6, 1944, a flotilla of 110 Canadian warships crossed the English Channel as part of history’s largest seaborne invasion. Their destination was the Normandy coast of France, held by Germany since 1940.

There were 359 Canadian deaths at Juno Beach, and thousands of casualties throughout the Normandy campaign, but an Allied foothold in western Europe was secure. More than 14,000 soldiers landed, with another 10,000 sailors on board ships and the Royal Canadian Air Force providing support from above.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian dignitaries were at ceremonies this week to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

June 6: Trudeau and French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe are among the participants in a ceremony at Canada’s Juno Beach Centre in Courseulle s-sur-Mer, France,

June 5: Governor General Julie Payette and Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay are among those taking part in a ceremony at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Normandy, where more than 2,000 Canadians are buried.

D-Day and Parliament: June 1944

How did parliamentarians react inside the House of Commons in 1944? Browse our interactive feature to read the speeches and learn more from the annotations.

PHOTOS: Troops from the the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade (Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Highlanders) go ashore on June 6, 1944 at Juno Beach, Bernières-sur-Mer, France. (Gilbert Alexander Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada) / A German machine gun nest along the Atlantic Wall is captured by Canadian troops on June 8, 1944. A scaling ladder leans on the massed barbed wire defence to the concrete emplacement. (The Associated Press) / Lieut. Jack Beveridge, wounded by an exploding mine, being brought aboard HMCS Prince David off Bernieres-sur-Mer. (CP/National Archives of Canada- D.J. Thorndick )