On the 6th of June, 1944. The Allies launched an attack on Germany (who were occupying France) on five Normandy beaches. The Americans used Omaha and Utah beaches, the British: Sword and Gold and the Canadians: Juno. This was collectively known as Operation Overlord. On most of the beaches there was success (Utah faced almost no resistance). The beach with the most resistance was Omaha (from Saving Private Ryan) with "heavy" (extremely low compared to the Eastern Front) casualties. On the night before, thousands of paratroopers were dropped behind German lines to disrupt enemies and counter-attacks. Overall the operation was a success.