D-Day: The Untold Story of Heroic Sacrifice and Victory Revealed by CNN

Bedford, Virginia – June 6, 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings in Normandy, France, a pivotal moment in World War II that laid the groundwork for the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Allied forces.

The invasion, known as Operation Overlord, involved tens of thousands of troops from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, landing on the beaches of Normandy. Extensive planning and military deception were employed to confuse the Germans as to the exact time and location of the invasion.

Originally scheduled for June 5, 1944, bad weather conditions forced a 24-hour delay, with Allied divisions landing on the five designated beaches at 6:30 a.m. on June 6. The term “D-Day” was a military code for the start of an important operation, with the first “D” standing for “Day,” signifying the day of the operation.

The successful execution of Operation Overlord saw unprecedented cooperation among international armed forces, with more than 2 million troops stationed in the UK in preparation for the invasion. While the majority of troops were American, British, and Canadian, soldiers from various other countries also participated in the operation.

The Allied invasion was a coordinated effort across air, land, and sea, with amphibious landings and extensive bombing campaigns preceding the landings to weaken German defenses. The deception tactics employed under Operation Fortitude played a crucial role in diverting German attention away from the actual invasion site.

On D-Day alone, approximately 4,440 Allied troops were confirmed dead, with thousands more wounded or missing. The US Army suffered significant losses at Omaha Beach, the bloodiest landing site, with over 2,500 American troops perishing in the assault.

Despite facing heavy German resistance, the Allied forces managed to secure a foothold on the French coast, paving the way for the liberation of France and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. The success of Operation Overlord was a turning point in World War II, leading to the eventual surrender of the German Third Reich on May 7, 1945.

The commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought for freedom and peace during one of the most significant military operations in history.