Thursday, June 7, 2018

D Day - 74th Anniversary

I was going to post something yesterday about D-Day, which took place on 6 June 1944, but unfortunately it slipped my mind.  Still, better late than never.

By the way, have you ever wondered what the D stands for in D-Day?  It simply stands for "day." The designation was traditionally used for the date of any important military operation or invasion, according to the National World War II Museum. Thus, the day before June 6, 1944, was known as D-1 and the days after were D+1, D+2, and so on.

D-Day was the name given to the Allied invasion of Europe, the beginning of the end of WW2.

Following are photographs of the D-Day landings and the invasion, with commentaries, from:
U.S. troops from the USS Joseph T. Dickman wait to disembark from their landing craft as they approach Utah Beach on June 6 1944

A craft from the USS Samuel Chase lands troops of the US Army First Division on Omaha Beach

Glider pilots take the opportunity for a quick cigarette as they are crowded onto a landing craft

Royal Marines descend from landing craft with their heavy backpacks, weapons and equipment on Juno beach

American troops arrive on a Normandy beach in a lengthy procession from their landing crafts

British troops show their true grit as they help injured comrades onto Sword Beach

The astonishing scale of the invasion can be seen in this image taken of the American forces arriving on Utah Beach

US Army Fourth Infantry Division troops take a breather after making their way onto Utah Red Beach

British Airborne Pathfinders check their watches on the night before the invasion

Reinforcements arrive by sea to bolster U.S. troop numbers on the Normandy front

The USS LST-21, manned by the U.S. coastguard unloads British Army tanks and trucks onto a Rhino barge in the opening hours of their invasion of Gold Beach

Troops load U.S. LSTs with artillery equipment, vehicles and troops in Brixham, England before they head for Normandy

Nazi General Erwin Rommel inspects defences ahead of D-Day. On the actual day of the invasion he was away from the front celebrating his wife's birthday

German troops camouflage a Panzer VI Tiger tank with undergrowth in the Normandy village of Villers-Bocage

Members of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division attend a briefing ahead of the D-Day invasion

Troops establish a radio communications post after landing

US infantry after being parachuted into Normandy.  No, I can't make that stick, that's John Wayne in the film about D-Day, called The Longest Day.

US soldiers hitting Omaha Beach at Normandy.  Nahh, that's not real either, that's Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, another D-Day flick.

Remember, the first 16 pics are the real thing, young men with families, wives, girlfriends, parents, with hopes, dremas, aspirations.  Many didn't return.  Spare a thought next year when it's the 75th aniversary of the D-Day landings.


1 comment:

  1. Just imagine how many different equipment these soldiers carried on themselves in those days, but it was necessary to think not only about protecting life from the enemy, but also from hypothermia, I think that they used planar diesel heater or something to keep you cool on cold nights


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