June 6 is a day to remember in American history.
The Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history.
The Normandy landings have been called ‘the beginning of the end’ of the war in Europe and is to the Army what Guadalcanal is to the Marine Corps. The invasion was a significant psychological blow to the enemy, putting the Nazi war machine on the defensive and it also prevented Hitler from sending troops from France to build up his Eastern Front against the advancing Soviets. The following spring, on May 8, 1945, the Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany thus ending the worst war in human history claiming an estimated 60-80 million lives.
Once again American ingenuity, fortitude and willingness to sacrifice help assure freedom, not just for Europe but for the whole world. Clean Force One thanks all Americas Veterans and their families for their service.
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The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford Virginia:
Great video links from the History Channel:
UU.S. Army tribute to soldiers: