When did the Allies first land on the beaches of France in World War II? In June of 1944 during the Normandy landings, right?
Actually, that was the second Allied attempt to take back France. The first happened at a small port town along the northern French coast called Jubilee. 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers attempted to cross the English Channel and seize control of Dieppe, with the aim of destroying German military defenses and practicing a large scale invasion.
However, the Germans were well-prepared for the attack, and slaughtered or captured over half of the invading Allied force. The operation was called off by the British in less than ten hours.
The one good thing that came out of the operation was that the Allies learned a lot of lessons on what to avoid for the upcoming Normandy landings a few years later.