Tuesday, June 06, 2023

"D-Day" - June 6, 1944

'Operation Overlord' was the codename for the 'Battle of Normandy', the 'Allied' operation that launched June 6, 1944, ('D-Day') , for the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during 'World War II':

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. 

Allied infantry and armored divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: 'Utah', 'Omaha', 'Gold', 'Juno' and 'Sword. Strong winds blew landing craft east of their intended positions.  

The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach-clearing teams difficult and dangerous. 

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Popeye the sailor Seein Red,White N' Blue (1943) from Efrain on Vimeo.