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June 29, 1999

What does the "D" in D-Day stand for?

The "D" stands for day. And yes, that means it translates to Day-Day.

D and H designate the day and hour on which a combat attack is to begin. According to an article in The Stars and Stripes, the first known use of the designation was for a World War I operation at St.-Mihiel, France.

But the most commonly known D-Day, of course, is June 6, 1944, when allied forces invaded Normandy.

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