I saw a reminder of D-Day today on FB. For some reason I shared the information and began to look into the history of it. I remember learning about it in school as you probably do too. Learning something like that from a book is so far from the reality of what happened that day. We are so far removed from it all that it's just a set of facts we learn from a book. It doesn't seem real to us.
So many lives were changed forever that day. Soldiers didn't come home.
The U.S. had to do this and had to fight Hitler back. People were united in wanting freedom from Hitler. So Americans by the thousands were at Normandy, France to drive Hitler's forces back. There were huge loses at this battle. Every life is precious.
I began to think that men were there because they believed in what the U.S. was doing. They had a purpose, the purpose was freedom for many. It was code-named Operation Neptune, presumably because it involved a water landing by the Allies on the beaches of Normandy, France. It is the largest military operation by sea in history, and of course it had great significance to the war.
On June 6, 1944, more than 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. Gen. 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, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops. #DDay#Normandy
This is pretty interesting, check out this video. I didn't know this.