This Day in History
D-Day


D-Day
June 6, 1944

At the Teheran Conference, Churchill and Roosevelt promised Stalin that they would launch an invasion in May or June of 1944, and to this pledge they were faithful. After preparations - the most extensive in military history - the invasion was launched on “D-Day” (which meant, with deceptive simplicity, the “day”), June 5 - 6, 1944. On the night of the fifth, three paratroop divisions were dropped behind German lines; in the early morning of the sixth, the Americans launched the great assault at Utah and Normandy beaches on a forty-mile strip along the Normandy coast, and the numerically superior British began the struggle for Caen to the east. “No power in the world,” Hitler had boasted, “can drive us out of this region,” but within five days the Allies had landed sixteen divisions in France. A month later they broke through the German lines defending Paris, and on the twenty-fourth of August, Paris was liberated. No wonder Stalin could cable, “The history of war does not know any such undertaking, so broad in conception, so grandiose in scale, and so masterly in execution.”





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