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In Pictures: D-Day inventions

As American, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches and dropped behind enemy lines, they were joined by some remarkable – even funny – innovations

INVENTIONS THAT SHAPED D-DAY

AT A GLANCE

On 6 June 1944, D-Day, the meticulously planned Operation Overlord - an Allied invasion of Nazi Europe - was launched. For this decisive moment in World War II to succeed, the landings at Normandy required thousands of troops, ships, planes - and some novel inventions.

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BEGINNING OF THE END

As D-Day involves simultaneous assaults on five beaches and several airborne missions, timing is paramount. To pin point when the initial landing of 160,000 troops should commence, British mathematician Arthur Thomas Doodson creates a machine that can predict the tide. Once the beaches are taken, Allied supply ships pour in and more than 2 million more men disembark by the end of August.

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