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Churchill: Pages detail an Albany riveted by D-Day

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ALBANY — The front-page headline on June 7, 1944, echoed those from around the country: "Allies Stream Into France; German Attacks Repulsed," the Times Union declared.

The "Invasion Sunrise Edition" hit the streets the morning after D-Day, when Allied troops stormed the Normandy shoreline and changed the course of the fight against fascism. It was a day, 75 years ago, when 2,500 American soldiers died fighting as their country waited anxiously and prayed for success.

Away from the front page and the dramatic reports written by far-away correspondents, there was the story of a city and region 3,500 miles from the action but fully engaged in the war. That other side of the fight, the home front, was also in that edition of the Times Union.

"Throngs Fill City Churches," said a headline on page 3, above a story detailing how the 183 churches of the Roman Catholic Diocese held special masses "for the welfare and safety of the invasion force." In a separate piece, readers were told Gov. Thomas Dewey and his wife had "quietly slipped into a pew" for Tuesday morning prayer in St. Peter's Episcopal church.

A nearby feature, meanwhile, asked men and women on........

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