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June 6, 1944. D-Day is an historical moment in history that will slowly be forgotten as the ones who lived it pass on. It shouldn’t be lost to history. It was a moment that forever changed the Western world.
Let’s set the scene.
Europe is torn apart by Hitler’s determination to not only create a new German Empire but to take over all of Europe. Great cities are in rubble. Men, women, and children have died until the bombs and artillery of both sides. It is an ugly scene that doesn’t seem to have an end. The Allies (Great Britain, America, and the Soviet Union) had a plan to counter Hitler’s advance across Europe. It would be risky. It would be dependent on as much luck as experience. It would call for men to walk into the battle knowing they would not survive, all to push Hitler back.
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops. (army.mil)
This invasion was the final straw for Hitler. His defeat was nearly sealed once D-Day was successful.
If you want to know more details to help with your writing, I highly suggest you read and watch more on the historic event. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Remember D-Day — Amazon
The Things Our Fathers Saw — Amazon
D-Day — Amazon
The Longest Day — Amazon
Remember D-Day 78 Years Later — YouTube Video