On June 6, 1944 the largest single day amphibious invasion in history occurred on the beaches of Normandy, France.
160,000 troops landed in more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft on a day that would change the face of the war and would forever be known as the D-Day invasion.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower insisted that the crusade would accept ‘nothing less than a full victory’ and that was the result that was achieved. But it was costly. Over 9,000 Allied soldiers were injured or killed during the invasion, the remaining were able to accomplish the goal of the mission. Troops took over the beaches of Normandy and began to march across Europe in a feat that would help to bring down the Nazi’s and bring the war closer to an end.
The hope was that Normandy held the element of surprise because it was not as heavily defended as other areas. This proved to be true as Allied troops began to storm the beaches and take over. It was a risky move for Eisenhower and the troops. If the mission failed it would be a great victory for the enemy.
Even with the losses that occurred, Allied troops were able to overtake the beaches of Normandy and move ahead in their mission. It became known as one of the most epic battles in history. Today, 67 years later, those who were there and alive on that day still remember it well.