D-Day: Fate of Normandy
The Largest Amphibious Attack in History
Summary of Event
The amphibious attack began at 6:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944. Less than a week later, on June 11, the beaches were fully secured. And over 326,000 troops, more than 50,000 vehicles and some 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy. more than 5,000 ships and
landing craft carrying troops and supplies left England. While more than 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion. D day help the aliens gain a foothold in their progress towards Germany.
These two photos are maps on the time and what countries where
involved and where they where supposed to attack.
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This photo shows what the paratroopers probably had for equipment on when they jumped from plane behind enemy lines.
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
brief us on what we should expect. When we heard his speech saying you are about to embark upon the great crusade, towards which we have striven those many months the eyes of the world upon us. We left, I am not sure of the town, I think it was Trebah, boarded a Landing Ship Infantry to cross the Channel to start the invasion on June 6th, 1944. The Channel water was very rough. A lot of my comrades got sea sick. I did not.
During the early morning hours after daylight, I saw a ship carrying tanks and one of the tanks broke the chain and fell over in the Channel. The water was really rough. Company A, 115th was supposed to relieve Company A, 116th at D+2. The 116th, when we arrived about 10:30, was very few men left able to fight. I was assigned to the machine gun section of Company A. And we drew straws to see who would carry the complete gun from the ship, and I was picked to carry the gun and the tripod. I survived the beach was later wounded near St. Lo. We landed at Omaha Beach section and things were really bad.
Shells were still falling on the beach. After the Texas and the Arkansas fired their big guns into the enemy emplacements things got better and we were able to move inland.
I recall seeing some of my good friends die. But we were able to establish a beachhead and things got better. I was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, European Battle Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart."
Thomas Marshall Brown
FACTS AND STATISTICS
- More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded during the invasion.
- More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion.
- On June 6, thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines.
- Once beaches were fully secured, over 326,000 troops, more than 50,000 vehicles and some 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy.
- Before D day started, Allied forces made a fake army to deceive Germany.
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This is a cemetery in Normandy where fallen allied soldiers were laid to rest.
This is a amphibious tank that was probably used in D-day since most of it was fought on a beach.
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