On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops and 10,000 vehicles were put ashore on five beaches on the Normandy coast.
The battle of El Alamein in
Egypt halted the Nazi march to the Suez Canal and the Arabian oil fields.
The invasion and conquest of Sicily, and then the Italian mainland, exposed the soft underbelly of the Fascist forces. On the eastern front the Russian Red Army halted the German drive to take Moscow and Stalingrad.
This shattered Hitler’s Napoleonic fantasies and the red tide swept remorselessly westward.
The Normandy landings closed the net on the crumbling Nazi “empire,” and so began the race to Berlin.
The USA forces came ashore at two beaches, code-named Utah and Omaha.
British troops landed on Gold and Sword beaches; the Canadians landed on Juno Beach.
By the end of the day 4,000 Allied troops were dead, and more than 9,000 were wounded.
On this 75th anniversary, we honor their memory and salute their
sacrifice on those Normandy beaches.
(Or, as the French might say: “Bienvenue a Normandie?” )