June 6, 1944 was D-Day- the day that Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France
The point of the spear
By the time the Germans began a major counteroffensive, the Allies had already moved inland and begun to connect up to other units.
The Christian Science Monitor wrote:
“By day’s end 156,000 Allied troops had already landed in France. Six days later all beachhead sectors were connected and the Allies controlled an area about 15 miles deep at its thickest point. Two weeks later 650,000 American and British troops were in France, the point of a spear aimed at Berlin.”
Accurate casualty figures for the D-Day battles are continually being researched, and the numbers always change. There are 9,387 US military members buried at the cemetery at St. Laurent, France. Other cemeteries are scattered through the region.
The main operation was code named “Overlord” which referred to the Allied invasion of Northwestern Europe. It began on June 6, and ended on August 16, 1944 after Allied Forces crossed the Seine river. The landings at specific beaches was called “Operation Neptune.” Operation Neptune began on June 6, 1944 and ended on June 30, 1944 as allied armies established a firm hold in Normandy. The “Battle of Normandy” refers to the period from June 6 to the end of August, 1944.
The Omaha beach battle was by far the most costly in terms of the casualties of Allied forces, because Rommel fiercely defended German positions.
The Greatest Generation
The reason you and I aren’t speaking German is because of the men who were willing to die on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day. They fought for something higher than themselves- America. They fought for freedom, for their families, for all of us. Though Hitler’s mistakes and sheer arrogance helped tremendously, we know that Allied Forces had Right on their side. We should remember and never forget their sacrifice.