Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Remembering The Day That Saved The World: D-Day

Remembering The Day That Saved The World: D-Day

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. Codenamed Operation Overlord, 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 invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed the allies to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolph Hitler’s troops.

The movies call D-Day “The Longest Day,” but a more apt description would be “The Day That Saved The World.”

Note To Progressive College Students, Many Of These Heroes Were Your Age. STOP WHINING about your “safe space.” This picture shows young men really leaving their safe space.
D-Day was the reason Gen. Eisenhower was chosen to be Supreme Allied commander in Europe. Despite his requests to join the action, he spent WWI stateside because the Army believed his logistical skills made him too valuable. The invasion at Normandy was a logistical miracle, (getting the men and supplies where they had to be) and Ike was the guy to do it. Even after the landings, from a “war management” standpoint the crucial part of the operation was keeping the fragile bridgehead supplied so that it could withstand the German counter-attacks.

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