Today, June 6, marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Whilst most events take place in France, remembrance services and other events occur in the United States, UK and Canada.
Each year, thousands of people descend on Normandy in France to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who took part in D-Day, Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy.
Veterans and their families, political figures, re-enactors, military vehicle enthusiasts and thousands of other men, women and children pay tribute to the those who fought to liberate Europe and remember those who never returned.
After almost five years of war and following many months of planning, preparation and trainnig, the Allied forces under the overall command of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, landed on the beaches of Hitler’s “Fortress Europe”.
Paratroopers and gliderborne infantry were the first to touch French soil in the early hours of the morning on the eastern and western flanks of the invasion area. Several hours later as the sun began to rise, an enormous armada of ships disembarked its cargo of fighting men onto five beaches across a 50-mile front of the Normandy coastline.
By the day’s end, 156,000 troops had been landed and a tentative but strengthening beachhead established. A door in Hitler’s much-vaunted “Atlantic Wall” had been well and truly kicked open.
Source: D-Day anniversary.com