History World War II

June 6, 1944

Today is another anniversary besides my wedding anniversary and a silly day that happens, if you twist numbers enough, to coincide with the Number of the Beast (6/6/06).

It’s also the 62nd anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, the beginning of the end for the tyrrany of the Third Reich. It was a day when against terrible odds and despite many setbacks, the Allies finally opened a Western front against the Nazis at a great cost in blood. For all the jokes and frivolity about going to hell today, the men hitting the Normandy beaches 62 years ago experienced real hell.

John Cole has a fine memorial post here.

Others include:

6 June 1944: Remembering D-Day
Why D-Day mattered
D-Day remembered
The Rangers of Point du Hoc
General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day message
General George S. Patton’s D-Day speech

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