Friday, June 6, 2008

D-Day 1944 ~ Changing The Course Of History

It's been 64 years since the Normandy Landings and the magnitude of the undertaking has been largely forgotten. D-Day was the largest single day invasion of all time. 130,000 Allied American, British, and Canadian men stormed the beaches and parachuted into Axis held territory. The Nazis were dug in and armed to the teeth. The window of opportunity for the Allies was extremely limited, as they required a full moon for light and spring tide. Even the weather was against them, and high seas and wind forced the invasion back a day.

The battles were fierce beyond description and the casualties were staggering. The Allies lost 46,000 men. The beachheads were secured by Herculean effort, steadfast courage and selfless sacrifice.

Two months later, our soldiers had fought all the way to Paris, which they liberated in late August, 1944.

The photograph shows ships putting cargo ashore at Normandy at low tide, just after the beaches were secured. The blimps are actually barrage balloons, used to foil attacks by low flying planes. The trucks on the beach are forming convoys to move food and supplies to the front. Eventually 3 million Allied troops crossed the English Channel to join the war to liberate Europe,

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