6 June 12

Take a second and look at this slideshow.


12 minutes to complete:

4 rounds of Cindy –
5 Pullups
10 pushups
15 squats
28 MBC
30 overhead lunges
400 m run

The following major units were landed on D-Day.

British 6th Airborne Division.
British I Corps, British 3rd Infantry Division and the British 27th Armoured Brigade.
Canadian 3rd Infantry Division, Canadian 2nd Armoured Brigade
British XXX Corps, British 50th Infantry Division and British 8th Armoured Brigade.
British 79th Armoured Division
U.S. V Corps, U.S. 1st Infantry Division and U.S. 29th Infantry Division.
U.S. VII Corps, U.S. 4th Infantry Division.
U.S. 101st Airborne Division.
U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.

The total number of troops landed on D-Day was around 130,000-156,000 roughly half American and the other from the Commonwealth Realms.
Subsequent days
Off Omaha Beach, American Liberty ships were scuttled to provide a makeshift breakwater during the early days of the invasion.

The total troops, vehicles and supplies landed over the period of the invasion were:

By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies.
By 30 June (D+24) over 850,000 men, 148,000 vehicles, and 570,000 tons of supplies.
By 4 July one million men had been landed.

The Normandy landings were the first successful opposed landings across the English Channel in over eight centuries. They were costly in terms of men, but the defeat inflicted on the Germans was one of the largest of the war. Strategically, the campaign led to the loss of the German position in most of France and the secure establishment of a new major front. In larger context the Normandy landings helped the Soviets on the Eastern front, who were facing the bulk of the German forces and, to a certain extent, contributed to the shortening of the conflict there.

Although there was a shortage of artillery ammunition, at no time were the Allies critically short of any necessity. This was a remarkable achievement considering they did not hold a port until Cherbourg fell. By the time of the breakout the Allies also enjoyed a considerable superiority in numbers of troops (approximately 7:2) and armoured vehicles (approximately 4:1) which helped overcome the natural advantages the terrain gave to the German defenders.

Allied intelligence and counterintelligence efforts were successful beyond expectations. The Operation Fortitude deception before the invasion kept German attention focused on the Pas de Calais, and indeed high-quality German forces were kept in this area, away from Normandy, until July. Prior to the invasion, few German reconnaissance flights took place over Britain, and those that did saw only the dummy staging areas. Ultra decrypts of German communications had been helpful as well, exposing German dispositions and revealing their plans such as the Mortain counterattack.

Allied air operations also contributed significantly to the invasion, via close tactical support, interdiction of German lines of communication (preventing timely movement of supplies and reinforcements—particularly the critical Panzer units), and rendering the Luftwaffe ineffective in Normandy.[nb 2] Although the impact upon armoured vehicles was less than expected, air activity intimidated these units and cut their supplies.

Despite initial heavy losses in the assault phase, Allied morale remained high. Casualty rates among all the armies were tremendous, and the Commonwealth forces had to use a recently created category—Double Intense—to be able to describe them.

Take a moment today, and really think about how the world changed because of these men. What was given, freely, so the world could be a better place. Everything has a cost, and freedom is most certainly NOT free.


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