Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. This was the largest sea invasion in history where 326,000 troops, 50,000 vehicles, and 100,000 tons of equipment battled on the beaches of Normandy.* It began at 6:30 a.m. and took the Germans by surprise. Rommel, a Nazi general, was on leave and Hitler sleeping with no one allowed to wake him.
The battle lasted through August taking 10,000 allied casualties, 1,000 German casualties, and 3,000 civilians. Two that fought in the battle were Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., who survived but died a month later of a heart attack, and Scotty, from Star Trek, who was shot 6 times in his chest, leg and finger.
The battle liberated Paris and weakened Hitler’s war efforts causing him to commit suicide the following year on April 30th. Normandy Beaches still hold metal in their sands, remnants of this battle.
Thank you to all who gave so much.
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