D-Day invasion of Normandy remembered, World War II , After Seventy Two Years
D-Day was one of the world's most gut-wrenching and consequential battles. Nearly 160,000 American, British, Canadian and French troops participated in the invasion of northwest France, known as Operation Overlord.
More than 9,000 Allied forces were killed or wounded. The Allied landing led to the liberation of France, and marked the turning point in the European theater of World War II.
A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach (Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France) on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of the Company E became casualties.
Glad veterans in their 90s and groups of fallen officers are honoring the epochal D-Day attack of Normandy 72 years back that helped the Allies rout Hitler.
They're holding little services and snippets of recognition along the wide shorelines and bluffs where a huge number of U.S., British, Canadian and French troops arrived as sunrise was breaking June 6, 1944. It was an essential minute in World War II.
Henry Breton of Augusta, Maine, was among the contracting number of survivors of the arrivals to seek Monday's commemoration. Talking from the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, 91-year-old Breton reviewed the wild German counterattack and following brutality and valor he encountered at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.
"It's all justified, despite all the trouble," he said. "It brings back such a large number of memories."
Meeting of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), 1 February 1944. Front row: Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder; General Dwight D. Eisenhower; General Bernard Montgomery. Back row: Lieutenant General Omar Bradley; Admiral Bertram Ramsay; Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory; Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith.
German troops using captured French tanks (Beutepanzer) in Normandy, 1944
Royal Marine Commandos attached to 3rd Infantry Division move inland from Sword Beach, 6 June 1944.