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After two years on the drawing board, D-Day was the most meticulously planned operation in military history — a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On June 6, 1944, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 allied soldiers to storm five heavily defended French beaches in an all-or-nothing assault on Nazi-occupied Europe. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate two million mines buried in the sand, 46,000 fearsome beach obstacles, and hundreds of miles of barbed wire while dodging the shells and bullets fired by 40,000 German defenders.

Focusing on the most important strip of Omaha beach that day — the exit at Vierville-sur-Mer — D-DAY 360 strips D-Day back to its raw data to reveal how the odds of victory, in the greatest gamble of World War II, swung on what happened over a five-hour period on a five mile stretch of French coastline. Data gathered though forensic laser scanning, 3D computer modeling, and eye-witness accounts bring the battlefield to life as never before.