D-Day: Everything you need to know about the historic World War II battle
Ashlyn Messier • Fox News
Tue, June 6, 2023 at 5:00
The Normandy beaches became a battleground in the struggle to free France and Europe at large from the hold of Nazi Germany in World War II. The invasion, which included land, sea and air forces, was successful in the Allies gaining a foothold in German-occupied Western Europe, but it came at the cost of thousands of soldiers’ lives.
The battle took place in June 1944 and was led by Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now, millions head to Normandy, France, every year to attend memorials, reenactments, festivals and events commemorating D-Day and the entire Battle of Normandy.
Here is everything you need to know about D-Day, including what it stands for, when it was and how it finally came to an end. Click here, to read full story.
Story credit: Fox News
Today marks the 79th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a pivotal event in World War II and in global history itself. One of the largest military invasions in history, D-Day brought forth the unprecedented mobilization of the Allies’ and a major step towards the historic Allied victory.
Did you know that Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) very own C-47 That’s All, Brother led the main aerial D-Day invasion? Flying under cover of darkness in total radio silence to maintain the element of surprise, That’s All, Brother led 800 C-47s, that together dropped over 13,000 paratroopers. And did you know that CAF’s C-53 D-Day Doll flew three missions on D-Day and the next day, towing gliders carrying reinforcement to 101st Division troops who had dropped earlier in the night near Utah Beach? These aircraft played a critical part in the D-Day invasion and the Allies’ forward march to victory in World War II.
That’s All, Brother and D-Day Doll are just two of the historic aircraft that are a part of the world’s largest flying museum known as the CAF’s Ghost Squadron. With your support, you can help keep the CAF Ghost Squadron flying to continue to educate Americans of all ages about pivotal moments in history, such as D-Day.
Story credit: Commemorative Air Force (CAF)