The 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, the 1st Division, the 4th Division, the 29th Division, and the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions, supported by the 1st, 5th and 6th Engineer Special Brigades (each nearly the size of a division) stormed ashore the rustic Cotentin peninsula.

For all the fighting and dying and killing the Allies had undertaken from September 1939 to this day in 1944, that was all secondary effort. This, to come to grips with the Wehrmacht, the German army, to drive to the heart of the Nazi regime and gut it, to put down the rabid dog of national socialism.  Eleven more months of fighting were to come. And they would be, for the US, the bloodiest months of the war.

2 thoughts on “D-Day”

  1. 75% of US casualties were in Western Europe, starting 71 years ago today.

    We lost about as many on D-Day alone as in all the years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2000s-today.

    A visualization of this is The Fallen of World War II.

  2. The last line of that letter is significant. These days, FedGov goes out of its way to not invoke the name of God in blessing of anything. In light of what we see in the country to day, that lack is significant, and will be deadly.

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