Mandan News

70th anniversary of D-Day

By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor

On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces during WWII initiated the largest seaborne invasion in history. More than 150,000 soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, changing the course of WWII.

Planning for the operation had begun in 1943. For months, the Allies conducted substantial military deception, as to mislead the Germans, who had been expecting some sort of invasion. It would eventually be bad weather, in which the Allies braved, that was the final piece of trickery that contributed to the success of the landing.

The amphibious landings were not an isolated event. Having preceded the landing, extensive aerial and naval bombardment, as well the landing of some 24,000 troops, helped in securing a victory.

Yet, the attack did not completely succeed as intended. A few major objectives, such as securing Caen, would take another month. Eventually, the Allies did gradually gain a foothold, and from there, were able to expand in the coming months. The war was not over, but it was the beginning of the end.

On that day, 70 years ago, at least 12,000, with 4,414 confirmed, died not only for their respective countries, but also for the world as a whole. In honor of those who put themselves in harms way, and made what can be called an ultimate sacrifice, this paper is including two columns. The first, a historical view of that horrific day and the second a modern reflection on the war, and what it can mean today.