D – Day was just the beginning. The Battle of Normandy lasted for twelve more weeks. Allied forces aimed to expand the area under their control, capture key locations such as the port of Cherbourg and wear down the enemy’s strength…
On D – Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Early on 6 June, Allied airborne forces parachuted into drop zones across northern France. Ground troops then landed across five assault beaches – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
In other words, the D in D – Day merely stands for Day. This coded designation was used for the day of any important invasion or military operation. Brigadier General Schultz reminds us that the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 was not the only D – Day of World War II.
But on D-Day alone, as many as 4,400 troops died from the combined allied forces. Some 9,000 were wounded or missing.
The first wave suffered close to 50 percent casualties. By midmorning, more than 1,000 Americans lay dead or wounded on the sands of Omaha. On Augusta, General Bradley agonized over the chaotic situation: ‘Our communications with the forces assaulting Omaha Beach were thin to nonexistent.
The 75th anniversary of World War II’s D – Day is June 6, commemorating the largest invasion by air, land and sea in history. More than 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and 150,000 soldiers from the United States, Britain and Canada stormed the Nazi-occupied French beaches of Normandy in a surprise attack.
Planes dropped 13,000 bombs before the landing: they completely missed their targets; intense naval bombardment still failed to destroy German emplacements. The result was, Omaha Beach became a horrific killing zone, with the wounded left to drown in the rising tide.
On June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. With a huge force of over 150,000 soldiers, the Allies attacked and gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe.
While much of the movie is a fictional account, the premise behind Capt. Miller’s mission is based on a true story. That is the story of the Niland brothers — Edward, Preston, Robert, and Frederick — from Tonawanda, New York.
It covers 172.5 acres, and contains the remains of 9,388 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942 and four American women.
It was the largest invasion force of men, ships and materiel ever assembled and it marked a crucial moment in the war. Thousands of men stormed the beaches in one of the bloodiest, most hard fought battles of the war. It was D – Day. It was the longest day.
What happened on D – Day? The attack began when Allied planes and warships bombarded German positions along the coastline. This was to damage the defences making it easier for the troops to get ashore. At the same time, planes and gliders dropped tens of thousands of allied soldiers behind the German defences.
Why didn’t the allies bomb the whole beach of Normandy before D-day, so they could just walk on it without severe casualties? The allies bombed the hell out of Calais to make the Germans think the invasion was going to be there. The beach itself is less important than a counter attack after.
Of the 4,414 Allied deaths on June 6th, 2,501 were Americans and 1,913 were Allies. If the figure sounds low, Long says, it’s probably because we’re used to seeing estimates of the total number of D – Day casualties, which includes fatalities, the wounded and the missing.
However, for the United States military specifically, the bloodiest single day is June 6, 1944 with 2,500 soldiers killed during the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day.