Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2081, June 6th, 2012

Storming the beach 68 years ago today. 


As the veterans of World War II pass it on, it is imperative that we remember the commemoration of one of the greatest and most successful military invasions in the history of the world. The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 am British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval. The landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30 am. There were also decoy operations under the code names Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.  Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces was General Dwight Eisenhower while overall command of ground forces (21st Army Group) was given to General Bernard Montgomery. Look at these figures and the massive amount of humanity that was involved in this endeavor! The operation, planned by a team under Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan, was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air elements under direct British command with over 160,000  troops landing on 6 June 1944, 73,000 American troops, 61,715 British and 21,400 Canadian. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Wikipedia/LuLac.


At 1:18 PM, Anonymous JUNCTION said...

Let us all hope and pray that we never have to be in such a bloody conflict ever again.God bless all the service men and women who lost their lives during this landing.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOT a thing was mentioned at my high school!!! This is crap - we need to infuse some AMERICAN history ASAP!

Thank you to all those who sacrificed so we can enjoy the freedoms we have. NEXT YEAR THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN!


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