British Cmdr Terence Otway, wanting to be sure his men wouldn’t leak the D-Day plans, tested them by sending 30 pretty members of the Women’s Aux. Air Force in civilian clothes to the local pubs with instructions to do all they could try and get the info, but none of the men fell for it.

The facts you may not know about D-Day

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Seventy one years ago, on June 6, 1944, thousands of men and women were preparing to take part in an operation that marked the start of the end of World War II. The D-Day landings had been planned for more than a year and involved more than 130,000 allied troops. By the end of the day more than 10,000 people had been killed, injured or taken prisoner. Today it is still the largest seaborne military operation the world has ever seen.

As part of our coverage of the commemoration we have put together a list of some of the most incredible and surprising D-Day facts and photos.

1. The deadly D-Day rehearsal

On April 28, 1944, eight ships full of US servicemen and equipment were making their way to the Devon coast in the UK … Continue Reading