Storming the Beaches

Okay, this is the wrong time to be posting this. At least, if I had wanted to be accurate, I should have posted this link in June. That was when the original D-Day landings occurred. But time and dates slipped my mind as I was mired in work, so here we are.

It is too easy to forget where we came from, what our forebears fought and died for in the years prior to our own births. Rushing through the water, watching your friends or at least the people sitting next to you not five minutes ago, struck and die (or drown) must have been terrifying. Collecting the bodies afterward was surely a special type of torment.

Yet these men did it all, and they came home to tell the tales of those who will remain forever young. Learn more about that June 6 so long ago, readers, and never forget it. Never forget them.

This Day in History: The D-Day Landings

On this day in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. Today is the anniversary of D-Day! That effort was massive. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft would eventually participate in the invasion—and more than 160,000 Allied soldiers would disembark on French shores.

It was the largest amphibious invasion in history. It was also the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Dicey weather nearly put a stop to everything, but General Dwight D. Eisenhower plowed ahead. The landings had already been delayed once, and he didn’t want to delay again. The tides were changing soon after June 6. It would be weeks before favorable tides would return.

In other words, further delays were not an option.

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