On 6th June 1944, the allies invaded Normandy beach. Codenamed operation overlord and commonly known as D-Day. Around 150,000 soldiers landed on beaches along the Normandy region.

On the day, a number of beaches were successfully captured with very little resistance. However, U.S troops who landed on Omaha beach met a different fate. Over 2000 Americans fell. By the day’s end, at least 4000 soldiers perished. This event has been immortalized in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Saving Private Ryan.’

The invasion concluded by August of that year. From this point onwards, Germany began to fall like dominos. They were on both the East and Western front. Less than a year later, in May 1945, Germany surrendered following Hitler’s suicide on
30th April.

It’s shocking just how easily all these lives were lost. Thousands dead. I think it highlights the utter brutality and stupidity of war. Unfortunately, we haven’t learned much since then.


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