June 6 1944 D-Day:- Invasion of Europe (Video’s Included)

The Normandy landings, also known as Operation Neptune were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day). The assault was conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30 AM. There were also decoy operations mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.

U.S. Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944, as the Normandy landings begin.

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.  Learn more about the Normandy Landings.

D-Day assault routes into Normandy (Click on map for larger view)

Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was a five-star general in the United States Army and the 34th President of the United States, During World War II, he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, with responsibility for planning and supervising the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45, from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.
General Eisenhower’s determination that operation OVERLORD (the invasion of France) would bring a quick end to the war is obvious in this message to the troops of the Allied Expeditionary Forces on June 6, 1944, the morning of the invasion.
Draft of Statement PDF.

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12 Responses to June 6 1944 D-Day:- Invasion of Europe (Video’s Included)

  1. Rebekah says:

    As much as this breaks my heart, I’m also filled with gratitude.

    This date is also my country’s — Sweden’s — national day.

  2. travelrat says:

    I liked the story of Major David Niven, on D-Day.

    He comforted a frightened soldier with the words:

    ‘It’s all right for you, son! You only have to do this once; I shall have to do it again after the war with Errol Flynn!’

    (I believe several of the actors in the film ‘The Longest Day’ also took part in the actual landings … Richard Todd and Lee Marvin spring to mind, and I’m sure there were others)

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I never realized that some actors were also part of the actual landings on D-Day, that’s 2 new things I have learned today. I loved the David Niven remarks that is classic.

  3. malc50 says:

    A momentous day in History, Mags! Meanwhile, a lesser-known operation was taking place a little to the north. Go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2004/jun/03/science.research to learn of “Operation Fortitude”. Cheers, Mal.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      From the article:-
      “Less familiar is the secret war behind Operation Overlord, a war so confidential that little was known about it for another 20 years. It was the boffins’ war, a tense battle of measure and counter-measure, fought on the leading edge of scientific knowledge and in which the Germans had set the pace of technological change which the British had to match or go under.”
      Very interesting indeed, Thank You for the link Mal.

  4. Barbara says:

    Impossible to imagine the horror of it all. I didn’t realize there was still a lot of military hardware left on the beaches there, although I was aware of the burial grounds. The sad thing is that war happens again and again, no matter how much we think we’ve learned from the past. Thanks for sharing these clips…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      I also did not realize there was so much left from war, it would be an interesting place to go to. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  6. dearrosie says:

    We cannot imagine what those young men must’ve felt like on D Day as they stepped off the boats into the water… oh lord! Nice to remember them.
    I also enjoyed reading the comments.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      We should always remember what these brave people went through, they will never be forgotten.
      I certainly learned a lot from the comments, glad you enjoyed the read.

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