Do you want to learn more about World War II, but don’t have time to listen to lengthy audiobooks? Then let The History Journals take you on an hourly history tour of the different facets of the war. In this edition, discover the true story of the Normandy Invasion, or more commonly known as D-Day.
The 6th June 1944 has gone down in history as D Day, the beginning of the end of World War II. Code-named “Operation Overlord” the Normandy Invasion took the German Army completely by surprise, as British, American, Canadian, and Allied soldiers from all over the world stormed the beaches of “Utah”, “Omaha”, “Gold”, “Juno” and “Sword”. The weather was appalling and the seas of the English Channel distinctly stormy, but by bravely taking the initiative the Allies were able to liberate France and march towards Berlin and victory.
As a military operation, “Overlord” was strategically successful, but on a personal level there are many remarkable stories of courage and heroism: The acquisition of Pegasus Bridge, the wonderful welcome given by the newly liberated French, the brave rangers at Pointe du Hoc, the desperate battle for “Omaha” beach and the extraordinary Piper Bill Millin who played his bagpipes, waist deep in water, all the way from the landing craft to shore, and then onwards inland, through France.
This was a combined offensive where Army, Navy and RAF worked side-by-side, as Allied servicemen from all corners of the globe became comrades in arms.
Autor: Liam Dale