This Day in History: D Day


Justin Irvolino and Timon Penna

June 6, 1944 is a significant date not just in American history, but in world history. This date signifies the invasion of Normandy, France which is known as the turning point of the Second World War.

The Axis power Nazi Germany invaded Western Europe in the beginning of the year (including France) to build their strength to soon take over all of Europe to soon win the war.

On the morning of June 5 the commander of the allied forces U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower went forward with Operation Overlord, which was the biggest amphibious military operation in history. There was a total of 176,000 troops, 6000 ships, 822 airplanes filled with paratroopers and 13,000 aircraft with supporting fire.

On June 6 the invasion began around 6:30 as 18,000 paratroopers landed in France. At the end of the day 155,000 British, Canadian , and American troops stormed the beaches: 29,000 American troops died that day, which is almost 7 times more then all the deaths in the Iraq war.