Saturday, June 6, 2009

This Day In History ~ 1944

Today is the 65th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most pivotal days of World War II, when the Western Allies began the Invasion of Normandy to free mainland Europe from Nazi occupation. Troops were from the United Kingdom, Canada, Free France and the United States, led by Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, with air and naval support from Norway, New Zealand and Australia.

On this day in 1944, the Allies lost almost 5,000 men on the beaches of Normandy. It was the largest amphibious invasion of all time, with 130,000 men landed.

The picture above shows Americans of the Second Ranger Battalion marching to the docks in the British port town of Weymouth, to be loaded onto landing craft for the assault.

The picture below shows troops on Omaha Beach, after the assault, with reinforcements and equipment moving inland for the battles ahead.

1 comment:

Sweet Repose said...

Why can't we all just get along...wouldn't it be great if all men were gay and all they ever argued about was how to decorate those wonderful old homes...I know, I know...I can dream right...

Have a great weekend, thanks for the reminder!