Even though the day has passed, remembering June 6, 1944 as a day that went down in history as the D-day, when the Allied forces launched a joint operation (air, naval and ground) against German forces in France. Called the “Overlord”, the campaign marked the beginning of the liberation of the countries in the northwest of the Europe. Here are important details about D-Day.
The largest naval, air and ground operation in history
At the beginning of June 6, 18,000 paratroopers were launched in northern France for tactical support, the air force had over 14,000 exits to ensure air supremacy and almost 7,000 ships of all types took part in the naval component of “Overlord” (Op. Neptune), for the support and transport of the almost 140,000 soldiers on five beaches of France.
The planning of the operation was thorough. American General Dwight D. Eisenhower led the command team, which was formed in Dec. 1943 to plan the operations. About 9 million tons of logistic equipment and materials were transported from the US to the UK. More than 1.4 million American soldiers arrived in the United Kingdom in `43 and `44.
D-day was an international operation. The Allied forces were formed mainly of Americans, British and Canadians, but also of allies coming from Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France, Greece, New Zealand, Norway and Poland, in smaller numbers.
There are those at places like Wesley Court Senior Living and other senior communities that remember the history of that day.