June 6 1944 - D Day Invasion?

June 6, 1944. 66 years ago today, the D Day invasion happened, the Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy and changed the course of World War II.

It was the largest amphibious invasion landing of all time. Over 160,000 men stormed the beaches. Many of them were killed before they even reached the shore. We’ll never know the exact number of brave souls lost that day.

We should never forget about June 6 1944. My grandfather was one of the troops that parachuted in.

The D Day invasion was divided into sectors involving U.S., Canadian, and British troops, including airborne. Conservative estimates are that the U.S. alone lost 4,696. The U.K. lost 1,043. The Canadians lost 1,204. The total is 8,443 and, in general, it is believed to have been closer to 9,000.

asked by Merlin in History | 2308 views | 06-06-2010 at 03:31 PM

Today’s anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Normandy by Allied troops during World War II is an occasion to remember one of the high points in humanity’s long march toward liberty.

The D-Day invasion began shortly after midnight with the landing of 24,000 Allied airborne troops in France, which was occupied by Germany.

The term "D-Day" is used to simply note the actual beginning of the operation. Historians believe the invasion of Allied forces at Normandy represented a major breakthrough and played a key role in the Allies' eventual victory over Germany.

The invasion marked a turning point in World War Two. Despite successes elsewhere, Germany was still in control of most of Europe. Their industrial capacity had even grown, and new weapons, such as the jet fighter and the V-1 and V-2 rockets were being produced in quantity. The Soviet Union had carried the brunt of the war for three years. Around 75% of Germany’s military forces were engaged on the East Front. While Germany had been steadily pushed back since their defeat at Stalingrad, the outcome of the war was still in doubt.

Can you imagine what it must have been like? To see those beaches, to know that there was a good chance the forces could fail, to see the death all around you? These men saw all of this, had to be terrified, were watching their brothers-in-arms falling all around them, and kept going anyways.

answered by Diamond | 06-06-2010 at 03:36 PM

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