Thursday, June 6, 2013

JUNE 6 = The Allies Invade Normandy

"Omaha Beach was a night- mare.  Even now it brings pain to recall what happe- ned there on June 6, 1944.  I have returned many times to honor the valiant men who died on that beach.  They should never be forgotten.  Nor should those who lived to carry the day by the slimmest of margins.  Every man who set foot on Omaha Beach that day was a hero."

   - General Omar Bradley, "A General's Life", 1983

On today's date, June 6 in 1944 the forces the Western Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France. This was the largest amphibious operation in military history with 160,000 men hitting the beach that morning starting at 6:30 a.m. The landings were preceded by airborne attacks through the early morning hours of  June 6 by 24,000 Allied paratroopers. There were 5,000 ships supporting the invasion with naval bombardment as well as carrying the troops and supplies. The enemy were the forces of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany who had occupied France since 1940,  imposing untold brutality.  The Allied forces were the armies of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, the Free French, as well as ships and contingents of many of the countries which had been overrun by the Nazis.  This was quite literally democracy and freedom versus the forces of tyranny, and as would become apparent as the invading allies moved inland and uncovered the murderous death camps, the forces of darkness and evil.

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- Brian T. Bolten

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