June 6 marked the 78th anniversary of Operation Overlord - the largest amphibious military operation in history. On Monday, officials and veterans gathered to commemorate the event after a weekend of festivities.
Some 150,000 allied troops, including the Poles, disembarked onto the territory of France to open the western front in Europe during WWII.
On the night preceding D-Day, around 24,000 Allied paratroopers landed behind the enemy lines, taking control over several strategic points to cut Germans from reinforcements coming from inland.
D-Day 6th June, 1944.— Lewis Brackpool (@Lewis_Brackpool) June 6, 2022
Never forget. pic.twitter.com/n2DJJJ5DwV
For many soldiers, D-Day was to be the last day of their lives. The horror of what happened after they set their feet on the beaches of Normandy has been graphically depicted in the opening sequence of Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.”
D-Day photos: Stunning historical images on anniversary of invasion https://t.co/i66i2yeClX— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) June 6, 2022
Nevertheless, their heroic sacrifice was not in vain. The military success of the operation proved of key importance in the final defeat of Nazi Germany.
Remember what brave Americans nobly sacrificed today 1944, on D-Day, to defend democracy and fight authoritarianism: pic.twitter.com/gwKpsMeDGQ— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) June 6, 2022