Remembering D-Day, 65 years later

“ …I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” — SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EISENHOWER, addressing the troops

65 years ago, the Allied forces launched the largest amphibious invasion of all time. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. In a single day – June 6, 1944 – 175,000 troops landed on the beaches of Normandy under dismal weather conditions, and fought their way inland against a formidable foe. They were victorious and this day marked a turning point in the war. But their success had a terrible price. When the ramp went down and the young men jumped into the surf they found themselves in certain hell. Many never even made it to the 200 yards of beach separating them from the enemy. When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead.

In honour of their efforts, we have created this video tribute to the heroes of D-Day to whom we owe so much.

November 10, 2009

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