The D-Day Invasion at Normandy – June 6, 1944
June 6, 1944 – The D in D-Day stands for “day” since the final invasion date was unknown and weather dependent
156,000 Allied troops from The United States, The United Kingdom, Canada,Free France and Norway
Areas of Invasion
The Allied code names for the beaches along the 50-mile stretch of Normandy coast targeted for landing were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Omaha was the costliest beach in terms of Allied casualties.
5,000 ships and landing craft50,000 vehicles11,000 planes
United States – Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar BradleyThe United Kingdom – Bernard Law Montgomery, Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Arthur Tedder, Miles Dempsey, Bertram RamsayGermany – Erwin Rommel, Gerd von Rundstedt, Friedrich Dollmann
Numbers represent total killed, wounded, missing or captured
United States – 6,603 (1,465 killed)United Kingdom – 2,700Canada – 1,074 (359 fatal)Germany – Estimated between 4,000 – 9,000
By June 11, with the beachheads firmly secured, more than 326,000 troops had crossed with more than 100,000 tons of military equipment. Paris was liberated on August 25. Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945.
The number of remaining D-Day vets is estimated anywhere between 8,000 and 60,000. The Veterans Administration has detailed numbers on total WWII vets remaining available at www.nationalww2museum.org/the-greatest-generation
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