Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 6, 1944 82nd Airborne division WWII D-day-landing at Ste Mere Eglise

Greatest Generation: Religious Service For Soldiers About To Fight On D-Day, Today In 1944. 4,414 died, And 5,600 Were Injured That Day.
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the day when more than 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Before the next day dawned, there were 4,414 confirmed dead, and almost 5,600 injured in the quest to liberate Europe from Hitler’s armies.
Their sacrifice allowed the remaining forces to begin moving toward the invasion and defeat of Nazi Germany.
It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, with nearly 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers participating.

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was the first senior officer ashore, and D-Day marked the first entry of U.S. combat units into Europe.
General Dwight D Eisenhower told his troops "This operation is not being planned with any alternatives.
"This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success."
Today at Omaha Beach, parts of the Mulberry harbor are still visible, and a few of the beach obstacles remain.
Pointe du Hoc, which Ronald Reagan visited on the 40th anniversary, is little changed from 1944, with the terrain covered with bomb craters and most of the concrete bunkers still in place.
Reagan told the D-Day veterans "These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war."
Republican Security Council
Other Historical Happenings on June 6th HERE