Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day kicked off…
On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Eisenhower gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops left England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.
By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the first landing craft hit the beaches at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. On Omaha beach, 2,000 troops were lost in the initial landings. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians were ashore Normandy’s beaches.
The movie The Longest Day is not fiction, it was based on fact. Link, HERE. The other oddity of the film was that actors actually spoke the native languages, English, French, and German in the film.
This was the beginning of the end for Germany. And these men were truly the greatest generation!