On the sixth day of June 1944, Dawn began the largest naval invasion in history.
That morning, hundreds of thousands of British and American soldiers, the Free French Army, and thousands of members of other nations and nations stormed the heavily fortified German positions on the beaches of Normandy.
D-day began. This was actually the beginning of Operation Overlord, but the landing in Normandy that morning, also known as D-Day, was the most famous part of that historic battle that opened up the western battlefield of the European continent. After D days, several things are clear: the war will end mercilessly, but Germany’s defeat is inevitable.
Of course, everything was still uncertain that morning. As early as 1943, planning for the largest naval invasion in history began. Obviously, everything was planned secretly, and Allied spies ensured to mislead German military institutions.
On the day of the planned operation, the weather was not ideal, so everything was postponed to 24 hours. The weather is still not ideal, but surgery must be performed. Due to changes in the moon and tides, any further delay will be too long. And obviously, delaying for a few days will increase the risk of the Germans discovering everything, and as the surprise factor disappears, the chance of success will be greatly reduced. Hitler knew what the Allies were planning, but he didn’t know when or where. He appointed Erwin Rommel, a general nicknamed the Desert Fox for his successful operations in North Africa, as the commander of the German Army in the West.
The Allied landing began on June 6, 1944. 6:30. The 80-kilometer coastline of Normandy is divided into five parts: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. With strong winds, as soon as they approached the shore, the ship found itself being shot by a heavy machine gun.
In fact, the Allied forces did almost nothing on the first day of the operation. However, they did the most important thing-they landed and built a strong fortress, so strong that the Germans could not drive them away. This is enough as a good start. The death toll of Germans is between 4,000 and 9,000. At least 10,000 people were killed on the Allied side.
We have already mentioned that the Normandy landing is the largest naval landing in history. Approximately 5,000 ships participated in it, and approximately 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beach on Normandy Landing Day alone. By the end of June, another 875,000 people will join them. By June 12, the Allied forces will liberate this 97-kilometer-long area that extends 25 kilometers inland.
Although there have been many major battles in world history, and even World War II itself, June 6, 1944 was a day that changed the world. On that day, the western battlefield was finally opened, which would greatly reduce the Red Army, which had lost millions in battle since 1941.
Day D is further popularized by numerous movies and computer games. The most famous of course is Rescue of Soldier Ryan in 1998. The word “Day D” appears as a phrase in everyday language to indicate an important day in a person’s life.
Another year after this landing, World War II continued. Germany’s resistance was fierce, but it was only a matter of time before the victory of the Allied forces and the collapse of Nazism after D-Day.