After the victory in Italy, the next large-scale campaign would be “Operation Overlord”: a massive allied mobilization by the Americans and the British, to drive the Germans out of France. American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and British General Bernard Montgomery planned the invasion, and Operation Overlord began on June 6, 1944, with the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. A 1,200 plane paratrooper assault preceded the initial attack. D-Day would be a costly victory for the allies. South Carolina veterans recall their experiences in the campaign.