If in France this month, visit the D-Day Festival Normandy through June 18th, see festival itinerary and historical brief…
In remembrance of D-Day and the battle that turned the tide of WWII, visit the D-Day Festival Normandy in France this month through June 18th. See event itinerary.
D-Day historical brief:
D-Day is held annually on June 6 each year to remember the sacrifice our men and women made on June 6, 1944, in the battle fought on the Normandy coast of France during World War 2.
On the morning of June 6, 1944, American troops and their allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in an invasion code-named Operation Overlord, which liberated France and ultimately the whole of Europe from Hitler’s Nazi regime. This day, known as D-Day, was a strategically planned landing of 156,000 British, Canadian and American troops at 6:30am on the five beaches of Normandy was code-named Operation Neptune.
Earlier in the morning of June 6, 24,000 airborne troops were dropped into battle by parachute to close exits and overtake bridges slowing the advancement of Nazi reinforcements. Troops entering the beaches by land and sea were met with Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, 2,400 miles of bunkers, landmines, and beach obstacles (metal tripods, barbed wire, and wooden stakes) established in anticipation of a French coast invasion. Nazis planted 4 million landmines along Normandy beaches.
Planning for our invasion of German-occupied France began in 1942. To mislead the Germans and maintain the secrecy of the details of the D-Day invasion, the Allies conducted a military deception, code-named Operation Bodyguard. It included fake radio transmissions, double agents, and a phantom army commanded by American General George Patton.
June 5 was originally chosen as D-Day due to predictions of weather and high tide, based on the phase of the moon. Bad weather conditions ultimately interfered with the established plans and D-Day moved to June 6.
Ultimately, over 4,400 identified soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coastguardsmen died on D-Day with an estimated 5,000 or more were lost at sea, in an air battle, or otherwise not identified. Their sacrifice and the valiant efforts of all troops turned the tide of war.
Reference material taken in part from the following source(s): almanac.com, nationaltoday.com