Remembering D-Day: A Day 67 Years Ago in Normandy
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Remembering D-Day: A Day 67 Years Ago in Normandy

Remembering D-Day: A Day 67 Years Ago in Normandy, D-Day Landing in Normandy France

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This day 67 years ago reminds us of the victorious landing of an estimated 160,000 Allied forces in Normandy, France which became the crucial point in history. It was the highlight in the military career of the son of a farmer who attended and graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1915. Nearly 30 years later, the man honed by training and prepared by the times rose up to become US General Dwight David Eisenhower and his part to command “Operation Overlord” which was consisted of five separate landings of combined American, British and Canadian troops came just at the proper timing that incurred huge casualties at the side of the German forces that in long run brought an end to World War II.

The invasion was actually scheduled the 5th of June but the unfavourable weather compelled it to be moved a day later. The catchword “D-Day” was argued by scholars to represent “decision day” or “disembarkation day” but on the military perspective it is mostly utilized to indicate an “undefined day” or the day at which any operation begins. Some 5,000 ships loaded with soldiers and vehicles crossed the English Channel while about 13,000 planes provided air-support by conducting air strikes, dropping bombs at the German forces to clear the beaches for the landing and dropping paratroopers at strategic locations to gain the advantage. Altogether, more than 100,000 Allied troops made it at the shores of Normandy but not without the loss of lives at the side of the Allies who sacrificed some 2,000 casualties especially at Omaha where the landing was confronted with the most opposition from the German forces.

The Allied troops had been decimated in numbers by drowning, machine-gun fire and some four million land mines laid out in the beaches. While it was told that Adolf Hitler had the premonition of the landing at the final moments enough to prepare for an offensive, the existing crisis in the German chain of command left a few “soft spots” for the attack to gain the edge. Dollman who was then commander of the 7th Army whom Hitler assigned to defend the beaches was gravely blamed for the failure of German defensive leading to his death by 28th of June by heart attack. Beseeched by some of his trusted commanders to make peace to the Allies anticipating defeat following the success of the landing even further brought threat to the life of the Fuhrer where a faction favouring the peace negotiations carried out the failed attempt to assassinate him on the 20th of July 1944.

References:

http://www.enotes.com/topics/d-day

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAeisenhower.htm

Normandy Invasion. (2011). Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.

 

 

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Comments (13)

yup.. as I understood it, D-Day just means "the Day" that something is going to happen.

It has been a common misconception that the designation D-Day was unique to the Normandy invasion. It was used as a basic designation by the U.S. military throughout the war. They also used "H-hour" to designate the beginning of such assaults. Good article.

Interesting read...Hitler killed many people.

Thanks for the reactions, Brenda, Richard, Chan and to everyone who voted.

A Good history write kabayan. I never heard of D-Day before, thank you.

I have a special place in my heart for Normandy and D-Day. My step daddy served in the Army and was in France then. Thank you for this great tribute and so well done. voted up.

Very well explained assault on D-Day.

So that's how D-Day came to be.

Great presentation.thanks

A great tribute, Will. Have you been to Normandy, my friend?

You feel rather small when you go to France and see all the graves in Normandy... always makes me go cold.

Thanks for the reactions, everyone. Unfortunately I haven't been to France yet Francois. That's really sad to consider having been there to see all the graves, Ann. History has its unsung heroes and those who earned such honor never even merit an inscription on their individual tombstone with their bodies under it I suppose.

Nice article. I certainly learned a few things here. Voted you up.

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