10 Facts about D-Day that Many People do not Know — 75th Year of D-Day

Today, June 6, 2019, is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a day when we should all take time to remember and honor the men and women of our Armed forces who helped free a world from evil.  The operations at Normandy were the beginning to the end of WWII.

Growing up, I was taught to honor and respect those that sacrificed so much to keep the world free from those that would impose their will, their beliefs, and their tyranny on the free world.  With that in mind, I say thank you to all that have served in any capacity helping to keep our country secure. I am indebted to each and everyone that served.

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D-Day Facts:

  1. America lost 2499 soldiers on the beaches of Normandy, France.

  2. America’s Allies lost 1901 soldiers.

  3. Germany lost somewhere between 4000 and 9000 soldiers.

  4. 156,000 American, British and Canadian troops stormed 50 miles of Normandy's     well protected and highly defended beaches.

  5. D-Day was planned for June 5, 1944, but bad weather superseded.

  6. D-Day was part of an operation aimed to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.

  7. The first Allied soldier killed was a British man named Lieutenant Herbert Denham Brotheridge, age 28.  He served in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment.

  8. Dubbed Operation Overlord, the 1944 invasion was the largest amphibious invasion to ever up to that point of time.   

  9. 17 Allied countries participated in the events of D-Day.

  10. The U.S. military shipped 7 million tons of supplies to the staging area, in England including 450,000 tons of ammunition.

D-Day took years of planning and a dress rehearsal dubbed "Exercise Tiger" was held on April 28, 1944, when troops stormed the beaches of Slapton Sands British seafront that bore a striking resemblance to the coast of Normandy.

Unfortunately, 749 sailors lost their lives in the dress rehearsal when nine German boats called "Schnellboote," or "fast boats" showed up. "E-boats" is what the Allies called them, and they were small, sleek and fast raiders equipped with torpedoes and 40mm guns. Upon discovering that an Allied fleet was in the region, they immediately sped to intercept it.

"Exercise Tiger" was the U.S. military's deadliest training incident during World War II.