The D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944
In the war against fascism, Allied forces invaded Europe, which was occupied by the Nazis. In 1943-44, Canadians participated in the liberation of Italy. On June 6, 1944 (D-Day), the Allies began their invasion of northern Europe in Normandy. 15,000 Canadian troops drove the German army off Juno Beach, which was a great step forward in the Allied plans. Around 10% of the allied forces on the day were Canadian. Between 1944 and 1945 the Canadian Army assisted in the liberation of the Netherlands and in forcing the Nazis to surrender on May 8, 1945, bringing World War II to an end.