On this day in 1944, American, British, and Canadian troops commenced the operation which would liberate France, and win World War II. D-Day comprised the largest invasion in world history, and included 156,000 deployed troops, 11,590 aircraft, and 6,039 sea vessels. While D-Day was successful, the price was high. 4,413 allied soldiers lost their lives, including 2,499 Americans, and 1,914 British and Canadians.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s stirring D-Day message is below.
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces:
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and…
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