Saturday, June 06, 2020

D-Day: Archive Video of the Normandy Landings

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix


Published on Jun 5, 2018

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.

Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

The operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings.

The weather on D-Day was far from ideal and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable.

Adolf Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30.

The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha.

The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach-clearing teams difficult and dangerous.

Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled, using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day.

Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months.

German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area now host many visitors each year.


Anonymous said...

jerry pdx
Black former NFL player Burgess Owens defends Drew Brees (who is backpedaling and virtue signalling) and proudly announces he believes: "All Lives Matter"
And he's being ignored completely, except for a few furtive mentions. If a white dares to say All Lives Matter he or she will be hounded out of their jobs and livelihood.

Nicholas said...

Burgess Owens is a righteous black man, a Washingtonian conservative who has taken a great deal of abuse over many years.

Anonymous said...

VvtGRA:The men who died in WW II,including Normandy--if they could see what is taking place in 2020--namely the elimination of white people's rights one by one(starting with free speech and the right to earn a living),I doubt if many of those,wise,brave white men would have sacrificed their lives back then.They could not be blamed for saying "no thanks,why should I defend a country that will allow ignorant,complaining blacks to take over?"

Which leads to today's stupid story and "Resignation of the Day":

Top Philly editor resigns after uproar over "Buildings Matter Too" headline on column about damage caused by rioting. …
Someone made a point about damage to buildings mattering too--job gone.This is now beyond oppressive.