Where Did D-Day Take Place In WW2
During WW2, D-Day took place in Normandy, France on June 6th, 1944. Allied leaders selected five beaches on the Normandy coast for their troops’ landings. Those beaches were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.
Primarily known as operation Overload (codename), it was the largest amphibious assault in the history of warfare.
Along with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, in total 12 nations joined the invasion against Nazi Germany. The invasion broke Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and began the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation and the end of the war in Europe.
Despite facing devastating casualties, brave allied soldiers succeeded to take control of all five Normandy beaches by the nightfall of June 6th, 1944.
Why Is The Normandy Invasion Called D-Day?
D-Day means “day of days”.
The term D-Day is primarily used to signify the day of military operation or combat attack. Although best known because of the Normandy invasion during WW2, it can be used to define any day of military invasion.
In fact, many times it was used before and after World War 2.
Why D-Day Invasion Was Important In World War 2?
- The invasion broke Hitler’s Atlantic wall
- The invasion began the liberation of France and Western Europe
- It was the first major victory for allied forces in Europe. It helped them to set a strong foothold in Europe’s mainland.
[Did You Know? Hitler’s Atlantic Wall Was The Largest Fortification In Human History. More Than One Million People Were Drafted To Build It. Its Length Was 3200 Miles]
3 Facts About D-Day (Normandy Landings)
1. First Fact: Before the Normandy landings allied leaders conducted many military deceptions to mislead Nazis about the date and operations of D-Day. Operation Bodyguard was one of them.
2. Second Fact: Did you know? D-Day in WW2 was the largest seaborne military operation in the history of warfare. Including British, American, and Canadian 156,115 total troops, 867 gliders, 2400 aircraft, and 7000 ships participated in the invasion. 4000-9000 German troops and 4000 allied troops died during the combat. The United States’ military leader Dwight D Eisenhower even called it the “Great Crusade”.
3. Third Fact: Before the D-Day invasion, allied troops conducted a military rehearsal in the Atlantic, named “Exercise Tiger” where 700 troops had to lose their lives. Actually, the Germans caught them somehow and torpedoed them. Later those who survived told that the experience was far more horrifying than the actual Normandy invasion.