ASCENSION ISLAND (2019)- WWII D-DAY ANNIVERSARY (4V)- Ships, Soliders

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PARIS — For Allied troops in Europe, D-Day was just the beginning of a long and bloody push toward victory over the Nazis.

Ten weeks after commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France is paying tribute this week to Allied troops involved in another major, but often overlooked, military operation: landings on the Mediterranean coast.

With a dwindling number of veterans alive to share their stories, countries around Europe are making a special effort to mark the 75th anniversary of this and other battles in Europe that helped bring an end to World War II. Here's a look at some key military moments:

D-DAY

On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops composed of U.S., British and Canadian soldiers and others landed on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France. That single day, over 4,000 died on beaches that were foreign to them.