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Posted on: June 1, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

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The Battle of Normandy began with the Allied assault on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, or more precisely with the dropping of paratroopers and glider forces in the early hours of the morning of 6th June 1944.  After almost five years of war and following many months of planning, preparation and training, the Allied forces under the overall command of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, landed on the beaches of Hitler's "Fortress Europe".  Paratroopers and gliderborne infantry were the first to touch French soil in the early hours of the morning on the eastern and western flanks of the invasion area.  Several hours later as the sun began to rise, an enormous armada of ships disembarded its cargo of fighting men onton five beaches across a 50-mile front on the Normandy coastline.  By the day's end, 156,000 troops had been landed and a tentative but strengthening beachhead established.  When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualities; more than 4,000 were dead.  Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, "Fortress Europe" had been breached.  Our nation is forever in the debt to all the soldiers who fought and to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


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