D-Day

June 6th, 1944

Beaches

There were five beaches involved in d-day, Utah beach, Omaha beach, Gold beach, Juno beach, and sword beach.

General Eisenhower's message

Just before the invasion of d-day General Eisenhower sent a message that said "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking".

-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Troops

The majority of troops who landed on the D-Day beaches were from the United Kingdom, Canada and the US. However, troops from many other countries participated in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, in all the different armed services: Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.


During d-day the allies landed 156,000 troops in Normandy. There were 73,000 us forces landed. 23,250 were landed on Utah beach, 34,250 on Omaha beach, and 15,500 airborne troops.

Overview

In the end after about a year of planning and 3 months of fighting the allies prevailed and won the battle with 10,000 casualties.
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