6.6.18 Dday Turns 74

June 6, 2018
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D-Day June 6, 1944

74 YEARS AGO TODAY

“Two kinds of people are staying on this beachathe dead and those who are going to die.”
Col. George A. Taylor, commanding the Sixteenth Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Division, on Omaha Beach.

Why D…Day? Flip

Why It Matters

  • Largest naval, air & land operation in history.
  • D-Day allowed the allies (U.S., England, New Zealand, Poland, Australia, etc.) to gain strategic position in Europe vs. Hitler’s Germany.
  • Est. 6,603 Americans died June 6, 1944 (for context: this is more than the total number of Americans killed in the entire Iraq War).

“Operation Overlord”

General Eisenhower commanded the invasion.

The invasion involved 5,000 ships, 1,200 planes and 100,000 ground troops assaulting bunkered German forces across five beaches code named:A Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

Flip: Hitler's Reaction

“Well, is it or isn’t it the invasion?”

Adolf Hitler

On the day of the invasion, Hitler slept until noon. His staff was too scared to tell him of the attack.

D-Day signifies the beginning of the end for Hitler.

What's D – in D-Day?

From U.S. Army: "D in D-Day merely stands for Day. This coded designation was used for the day of any important invasion or military operation." President Eisenhower had a different take. Read More:

  • June 6, 1944 73rd anniversary of D-Day:A [https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/june6194473rdanniversaryo.html](https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/june6194473rdanniversaryo.html)

What does the “D” in D-Day stand for? U.S. Commander Gen. David Eisenhower later clarified its meaning, writing in 1964 that “any amphibious operation has a departed date; therefore, the shortened term D-Day is used.”

That’s why military historians will tell you the Normandy invasion was just one of several D-Days of World War II. Every amphibious assault – including those in the Pacific, North Africa, Sicily and Italy- had its own D-Day, the Army said.

by Jenna Lee,

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