On June 6, 1944, during World War II, using Higgins landing crafts, the landing at Normandy Beach, also known as "Operation Neptune" commenced. At 6:30 am (GMT+2), with poor weather conditions, the first wave of 160,000 Allied personal landed on a 50 mile stretch of the heavily fortified Nazi controlled Norman coastline but there was only about 10,00 Nazi troops guarding the French coastline. The D-Day invasion was supported with more than 5,000 ships and 130,00 aircraft. The approximate number of Allied Combat casualties is 10,000: 2700 British; 946 Canadians; and 6603 Americans. With 15,00 to 20,00 French civilians having died with unknown numbers of casualties. The Allied dead are as follow: Americans 1,456; Canadians 500; and Germans 4,000.