Friday, June 06, 2008

Remember D-Day! June 6, 1944

This picture is from Theodore's World. He has a lot of good pictures and information about D-Day, which began 64 years ago today.

Before the invasion, the Allies conducted a deception operation called Operation Fortitude in order to mislead the Germans about the date and place of the invasion.

During WWII, the Normandy Landings were known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord.

The Invasion of Normandy began with the largest single-day invasion of all time. Between 130,000-156,000 troups were landed on the first day.

The landing on Omaha Beach is depicted in Steven Spielberg's film Saving Private Ryan.

Theodore writes:

It was on 6th June 1944 that Operation Overlord - the long anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe - went into action. What came to be known as the 'D-day landings'.

On the French beaches and in those hedgerows, many making the ultimate sacrifice. Over two thousand Americans, British, Canadians, and Australians died that first day, trading their lives for a single ambition...so we could live free. [See his pictures and narration]

Mr. Martin of Drunkablog has posted some radio shows from D-Day. Be sure not to miss the video showing how D-Day would have been covered by today's news media and pundits.

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