D-Day Project

By: Justin Merriman and William Newman

U.S Troops Landings

Before D-Day there were approximately 23,000 British and American paratroopers that landed in France behind the German Defenses. The U.S along with the Allies, launched an invasion on the 5 beaches of Normandy. There were approximately 156,000 Allied troops that fought in the invasion. Of those 156,000 troops, 50,000 were expected to be vehicles including 1,000 tanks. There were nearly 7,000 naval craft. There were more than 11,500 aircraft.

The Beaches

The U.S’s troops landed on the beaches of Omaha and Utah. The Canadians and the British attacked the other 3 beaches which were Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches.

101st Airborne Division

The 101st Airborne was established in 1942. The 101st airborne was joined by the 82nd U.S Airborne Division. The 101st airborne was dropped at the Cherbourg Peninsula. The 101st was to secure the western end which was behind Utah. The 82nd airborne division was to seize the bridges and halt an advance from the west. Only 1/6th of the 101st airborne reached their destination. Paratroopers roughly carried about 70 pounds.
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Casualties

There were about 2,000 American Casualties from the invasion. There were about 4,000 Allied casualties. There were expected 10,000 casualties of Allied troops on D-Day. British and Canadian forces suffered about 3,700 casualties. U.S suffered about 6,600 casualties. The German casualties on D-Day ranged from 4,000 to 9,000 men. The Americans had over half the casualties of the war.

Roy Arnn

Roy Arnn was an American Sergeant that was apart of the D-Day invasion. He and his squadron landed on Omaha beach. His squadron was supposed to destroy defenses and disarm traps along the beach. The morning of the attack his squad was seasick due to the rough waters in the English Channel but some of the sea sickness went away when machine fire started to hit the boat. They had to wade through about two feet of water to reach the beach and were under fire the entire time. He was nearly hit by a bullet and later hit by some shrapnel which broke a few of his bones. He was unable to get up and had to wait for medics to put him on a stretcher. The tide was starting to come in as he was waiting. He saw many soldiers get wounded and die as he waited to be moved on to an assault boat to be taken to get medical help.

Garwood Bacon

Garwood Bacon was apart of the landing of Omaha beach. He and the other members of his squad were scheduled to land on the beach at 8:10. As the boat was heading to the shore, there was an explosion followed by fire and bullets coming from the Germans. Garwood was able to get off the ship and into a raft with some other members of his crew.They were able to paddle to shore without the raft getting destroyed by any bullets or mines. He then helped pull the raft to the shore where the wounded were taken care of. He was able to recover all his equipment except for his ammunition which someone had taken. He began to march along the beach with rest of his allies towards the German defences. He was then designated to look for his commanding officer who was no where to be seen. He unable to find the officer and determined he must have landed on a different beach. Later in the day when he was hiding in a small fox hole, he was hit by something that caused his head to spin and blinded him. After the attack ended, he taken on a truck to get medical attention.

James Bearden

James Bearden was drafted in May of 1943. He began training until the D-Day. He initially got on the boats on June 5th but they later returned to port due to bad weather. He set out again the next day. He was apart of the navy and supposed to help deliver troops to the shore. He was apart of the initial wave to land on the beach. He had his squad dug foxholes because they couldn’t leave until it was high tide. When the tide came back in, they were able to head back out to pick up more troops. He remembers that some ships would hit a sandbar. The soldiers, thinking that they were on the beach, would jump out and drown. After the fighting was over, he helped carry the wounded on to boats that were headed to the hospital ship.