Monday, June 6, 2011

67th D-Day Anniversary

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” 

More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Normandy. The human cost of D-Day was extremely high as more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded. But in spite of the heavy losses, more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. It took the Allies almost a year to liberate Europe from the peril of Nazism.

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