D-Day Remembered

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In June 1944 Allied Forces had undertaken a task that had not been accomplished since William of Orange marched on London to take the English throne in 1688, send an invading army  across the unpredictable and dangerous English Channel.  —  The 5000-vessel armada stretched as far as the eye could see, transporting over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles across the channel to the Beaches of Normandy. Once the massive force set out, there would be no turning back.  Additionally Six parachute regiments — over 13,000 men — were flown from nine British airfields in over 800 planes. More than 300 planes dropped 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy immediately in advance of the invasion.

By nightfall on June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but more than 100,000 had made it ashore, securing French coastal villages. And within weeks, supplies were being unloaded at UTAH and OMAHA beachheads at the rate of over 20,000 tons per day.

Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces. Of the Allied casualties, 83,045 were from 21st Army Group (British, Canadian and Polish ground forces), 125,847 from the
US ground forces. The losses of the German forces during the Battle of Normandy can only be estimated. Roughly 200,000 German troops were killed or wounded. The Allies also captured 200,000 prisoners of war (not included in the 425,000 total, above). During the fighting around the Falaise Pocket (August 1944) alone, the Germans suffered losses of around 90,000, including prisoners.

Others Blogging on D-Day:

Echo9er, Thoughtful Conservative, Black Five, Michelle Malkin, Right Wing Nut House , The Dragon and the Phoenix , California Conservative,  

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  1. 1 The Dragon and the Phoenix

    D-Day

    God Bless those brave men who gave their lives for freedom, and for America.

  2. 2 California Conservative

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