June 6th is better known as D-Day. For our newest generations and the generations to come, the year of 1944 grows father away in time and this year marks 67 years ago when the historic and pivotal invasion took place and was the beginning of the end of World War II. It has been called the “most massive, complicated and secret maneuvers in military history.” It is – to this day – the largest water invasion in world history.
D-Day is a day we as Americans should never forget. Not just for the historical significance but for all the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle in service to their country.
Here are 5 facts about D-Day to remember on this day:
D-Day is also called the Normandy landing and also was called Operation Neptune. D-Day was the day when the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy – as part of Operation Overlord – took place.
The united allied forces included troops from the United States, Britain, Canada, and France (the French resistance). All working together to make the assault a success.
The operation went down in two phases – there was an airborne assault of 24,000 troops that began right after midnight. And around 6:30 AM the troops came from the water onto coast of France, a stunning 160,000. In total there were about 195,000 troops. Included were 5,000 ships.
The Normandy coast was sectioned off and given the names Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword. The large amount of troops landed on the beaches in an unstoppable mass.
Although the invasion was a success, about 10,000 troops lost their lives in the battle that day. In the area there are numerous large cemeteries where the fallen soldiers are buried.
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