D-Day, June 6 1944

This is all about D-Day and Operation Overlord. It shows us that WW1 "THE WAR TO END ALL WARS" wasn't true as there is still wars going on today!

The Preparations

In 1943 there was a meeting held in Washington,U.S.A. to make a decision on the cross channel invasion on Germany in Normandy. This was to happen within the next year. Winston Churchhill wanted the main Allies attack to hit Germany but was taken out of the question with the American vote. The attack was code named Operation Overlord.Troops were to be carried to Normandy on Higgin boats. There were 5 attacking points on the beaches, Utah, Omaha , Gold Juno and Sword. Americans were attacking two beaches, Utah and Omaha. Britain were attacking gold and sword with help from Free-France and Canada were on Juno.

The Invasion

Eisenhower planned the attack to be on the 5th of June but the conditions weren't suitable so the attack took plce the next day.

"You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world."

-Eisenhower, Letter to Allied Forces

The Beaches

On June 6 1944 the Allies landed on the beaches. There were a special group of troops called the rangers. These soldiers were equipped with rocket launchers to shoot grapnels up the cliffs. Half of their battallion were lost by the time they reached the bottom of the cliffs. They were to climb the cliff to Pointe Du Hoc , a German defense base, which lay on top of the cliff between Omaha and Utah and destroy the base . The attacks started at 6:30 a.m. By day's end , Normandy was secure. Over 156,000 troops were part of the storming of the beaches . Over 4,000 troops died and many more were injured. click here for a quiz