|What does the
"D" in D-Day Mean?
simply stands for "Day". The term was first used in
WWI by the US Army. "We will attack on "H" hour
of "D" Day.
with US Army also see Ambrose, D-Day CBWII.
Beach Today and Utah Beach Yesterday
du Hoc Today and Point du Hoc Yesterday
6th, 1944 was the greatest invasion by sea the world has ever seen.
With a total of 180,000 men, 3,000 guns, 1,500 tanks, and 15,000 other
vehicles Allied forces assaulted the German Army in Normandy. The
invasion of Europe by the Allies was a culmination of years of planning,
training, and build up of materials and men. Of the 180,000 destine
to step foot on the Normandy beaches fewer than 2,500 were killed
on D-Day itself. Allied planners had planned for 10,000 deaths on
D-Day. But for those who were there, D-Day was truly the longest
The day after we got to Paris my girlfriend (now wife) and I took
a train to Bayeux. It was one of the focal points of my trip to France
and I'm glad that I made the trip. What makes Normandy battlefields
the most interesting is the large collections of oral histories by
American, British, French, and German soldiers who were either assaulting
or defending these beaches. Being physically on the beaches or in
the bunkers really enhances the stories that I have read about those
who first landed on the beaches and those who fired the first shots
defending the beaches. The entire experience was incredible.