History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Remembering D-Day, 75 Years Later

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Today, June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy.

While the term “D-Day” can refer to the first day of any military operation, this amphibious invasion by troops from 12 countries was so pivotal, so immense, that it became THE D-Day that we’ve remembered ever since.

Many historians, veterans, and others more qualified than I will be sharing remembrances today. However, I couldn’t let the anniversary pass without marking it here.

Following are a few pictures I found through the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Archives- some of the faces and images of seventy-five years ago.

Original Caption: “General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the day, “Full victory–nothing else,” to paratroopers somewhere in England just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault of the invasion of the continent of Europe.” Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress

 

Original caption: “See You in Berlin. Resolute faces of paratroopers just before they took off for the initial assault of DDay. Paratrooper in foreground has just read Gen. Eisenhower’s message of good luck and clasps his bazooka in determination. Note Eisenhower’s DDay order in hands of paratrooper in foreground.” Courtesy U.S. National Archives

 

Original Caption: “French Coast Dead Ahead- Helmeted Yankee soldiers crouch, tightly packed, behind the bulwarks of a Coast Guard landing barge in the historic sweep across the English Channel to the shores of Normandy. Minutes later, they dashed up the beach under fire from the Nazi defenders. These Coast Guard barges rode back and forth through DDay bringing wave of reinforcements to the beachhead.” Courtesy U.S. National Archives

 

D Day Birds Eye view
A “Bird’s-Eye-View” of D-Day. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

 

U.S. troops disembark from a Coast Guard landing craft. Courtesy of the National Archives

 

Original Caption: “The beachhead is secure, but the price was high.” Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives

 

If you would care for a more complete (though still succinct) pictorial tour of the events of D-Day, I’ll share link to the National Archives’ excellent slide show of pictures and documents- it’s maybe a ten minute read, and well worth the visit.

Many thanks for visiting.

9 thoughts on “Remembering D-Day, 75 Years Later”

  1. How right you were to post a commemoration to those soldiers who put their lives on the line in Operation Overlord. Without doubt, US soldiers played a hugely significant role – but don’t forget the British and Canadian as major players as well as Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, New Zealand, Norwegian, Rhodesian [present-day Zimbabwe] and Polish naval, who gave air and ground support.[https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48215675]

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    1. Never! It was a tremendous multi-national effort and none of them should be forgotten. I knew there were 12 nations involved- thank you for listing them, I appreciate that! Thanks for the link as well- I’ll check it out.

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    2. And of course, if the British hadn’t held on for so long beforehand during the Battle of Britain days, it couldn’t have played out as it did at all! 🙂

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