You may of seen or heard talk of the D-Day 70th aniversary on the television this morning, you may of seen neighbours showing off flags with pride, a article in your local newspaper, the front pages on the big newspapers or even talk on the radio. You may of heard or seen something about D-Day, but you may not know what it is, along with the infographic below, I am going to write a short piece within this post, informing you the best I can.
D-Day also known as Normandy Landings codenamed operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6th June 1944, marking the end of World War II. Thousand of allied troops began landing on beaches in Northern France after nearly a whole year of planning, the operation was to start of major offensive against the Germans.
The British prime minister in charge at the time was Sir Winston Churchill was worried the night before about the planned attacks. Churchill confided in his wife by saying ''you do realise when you wake up in the morning, 20,000 people will be dead''. 72, 215 British and Canadian troops alone with 57,000 US troops landed by sea on D-Day, another 23,400 troops landed by air, it was to the date, the biggest military operation the world had seen involving both male and female troops. By the end of the day, more than 10,000 troops had been killed, injured or taken prisoner.
In total, 150,000 troops had landed, at least 10,000 died, and thousands more injured, missing or took prisoner. Each and every single one of those allied troops, fought for not just me, but you too! I thank them all, for their service, their passion, their courage, their bravery, and their lives!
If you're a history fan like me, as well as marking your respects for the thousands who fought for the country, why not check out one of the memorial historic landmarks? With thanks to Brittany Ferries, you can explore a number of landmarks, where the D-Day battle began and ended.
Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the D-Day guide.
Until next time,