D-Day, June 6, 1944, A Day to Remember

Tulip photo by Steven Su on Unsplash

D-Day, June 6, 1944, forever lives in the memories of those who participated in one of the greatest invasions in history to free the world of Nazi tyranny.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commanding General of the Allied Powers, prepared and led in the invasion under Operation Overlord. Under his direction, the Allied forces which included American, Canadian, and British troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in order to liberate France and northwestern Europe from Nazi control. This decisive battle was one of many that helped bring an end to WWII.

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together in Victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944

Troops landed on 5 designated beaches with code names: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Casualties were heavy especially on Omaha Beach.

D-Day: Soldiers on a Landing Craft
Troops in an LCVP landing craft approaching “Omaha” Beach on “D-Day”, 6 June 1944. Note helmet netting; faint “No Smoking” sign on the LCVP’s ramp; and M1903 rifles and M1 carbines carried by some of these men.
This photograph was taken from the same LCVP as Photo # SC 189986.
Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Description: Photo #: SC 320901. Normandy Invasion, June 1944.

Meanwhile,the Air Force flew over another region called Pas de Calais dropping aluminum strips to confuse German radar equipment and cause the Germans to think the the invasion was there and not at the designated beaches at Normandy.

Over 4600 vessels were used to carry troops and equipment across the English Channel. 22 minesweepers swept as many mines as possible. The Navy gunned the Germans’ “pillboxes” and other gunnery storage locations.

Landing Ship Transports carried tanks and other heavy armory equipment. 11 thousand planes were involved. Paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines with orders to destroy German communication lines.

Communication during World War II was drastically different and not as reliable as today’s modern communication techniques. (Photo courtesy of Nusa Urbancek on Unsplash.)

Casualties were heavy with Omaha Beach suffering the worst. In the first three weeks of hard fighting approximately 9 thousand Allied troops were killed.

The Normandy Invasion was costly yet necessary to secure liberty from German Nazi control and Hitler’s ruthless dictatorship.

We remember June 6, 1944, respectfully called D-Day, because of the great sacrifice that was made to free a people from the tyranny of dictatorial government.

We must remember that the freedoms a free loving world have obtained have not been received without great cost. In order to retain those freedoms, mankind must be diligent and acknowledge that without moral and just law, mankind can be seduced by propaganda and fall under such tyranny as Nazism once again.

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Romans 13:9

Let us not forget the men and women who gave their lives for freedom. D-Day should never be forgotten.

Tulip photo by Steven Su on Unsplash
(Photo courtesy of Steven Su on Unsplash.)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

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