Fast-Facts About D-Day
D-Day has gone down in history with such significance, honor and remembrance. The bravery and ultimate loss of many of our American Soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom during WWII is detrimental. With respect and admiration, we gratefully thank all of those who sacrificed their lives on that day and those who still do, everyday!
- D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in history.
- The invasion’s code name was Operation Overlord.
- The “D” stands for Day. D-Day and H-Hour stand for the secret day/time an operation is scheduled to begin.
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the operation, and plans were made to land in Normandy, west of where the German troops and artillery were built up.
- The date June 5, 1944, was originally chosen for the invasion, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone a day.
- More than 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships supported the operation.
- Allied casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 10,000 killed, wounded, and missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British, and 946 Canadians.
- Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of U.S. President and Spanish-American War Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt, stormed the beaches of Normandy.
- The landing craft boats were originally designed for use in Louisiana swamps.
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