Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944 – 70 years ago

Posted By on June 6, 2014

When I posted about the growing worldwide trend we describe as Nationalism, I reflected on the sacrifice required to stop Germany and the Nazis the last time a country went down the Nationalism path.


United States involvement began in earnest on June 6th, 1944 … 70 years ago. normandyfranceAmericans along with allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and inland towns of France with 160,000 troops. This 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline saw 9,000 allied casualties, required more than 5,000 ships, 13,000 aircraft and all just to gain a tenuous foothold against the Nazi occupiers. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

Below are a few aerial photos from 1944 and 2014 of the cliffs and beaches of Normandy.


Trying Microsoft’s OneDrive for this set of 12 shared photos. Click any thumbnail photo above, then a photo archive to view larger.
(A shortcut hint is to use keyboard down arrow to remove menu and properties and  then forward-back arrows to scroll through slides. Up arrow returns menus and photo properties.)


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