Wednesday, June 6, 2012

68 years ago today...

It was exactly 68 years ago today that the greatest invasion in man's history was carried out.
The people who took part in it deserve some good recognition.
Operation Overlord was one of the biggest invasion forces in history, and it was also the biggest amphibious operation in history.
Paratroopers were dropped 6 hours ahead of the seaborne troops (seen in this picture) to clear bunkers behind Utah Beach (this is the beach in the photograph). A funny thing about Utah Beach is that the troops landing there actually landed in the wrong location!

The Canadians also landed on Juno Beach. The Canucks actually pushed further inland that day than any other army taking part in the invasion!

The British landed on Sword Beach.

Omaha Beach was a tough nut to crack. It was taken by the Americans and it saw the heaviest casualties out of the 5 beaches.

Gold Beach was also taken by the British.

Pointe Du Hoc was tricky because of it's cliffs.
About 200,000 American, Canadian, British, Polish, French, Australian and New Zealand men died that day along with 200,000 Germans as well. Let them never be forgotten.
Also, while we're on the subject of WWII, I ordered a Flames of War Late War Strelkovy Platoon, which should be along either today or tomorrow.
Stay tuned!

2 comments:

  1. Largest SEABORNE invasion. Hear here for the heroes of that day!

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