June 6, 1944 Remembered

June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day, which launched a massive allied campaign to take back continental Europe from the German war machine.

The first half hour or so of the 1998 movie "Saving Private Ryan" is hopefully the closest the rest of us will ever get to the terror, carnage and heroism that prevailed on that day 74 years ago - and of course that is just a shadow of what those young people actually went through.
More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.

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