On this day 75 years ago, the largest seaborne military invasion in history, now known as D-Day, took place on the shores of Normandy, France.
Operation Overlord was the codename for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The operation was launched on 6 June, 1944 with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day). A 1,200-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 6 June, and more than two million Allied troops were in France by the end of August.
With the kids out of school this would be a great time to turn off their electronics and put on a movie like Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day. They will learn more from these than pretend wars on an Xbox
God bless everyone involved on that fateful day. How horrid it must have been when those young men charged onto those 5 beaches and right into all those German guns. Or parachuting in, only to immediately drown in flooded fields.
4,414 Allied troops were lost on that bloody and chaotic day. Their deaths were not in vain by far, they changed history. We will not forget.