The D-Day Invasion Seventy Years Hence
It’s been 70 years since that day, D-Day June 6, 1944 when the armed Allied Forces attempted and successfully accomplished what many strategists deemed impossible. On that day the most profoundly fortified coastline in the world saw the ultimate fleet in history invade the shores with the vastest force ever assembled. The D-Day assault was horrific and the expense in lives and vessels was unfathomable, but nonetheless the liberation of Europe was essential in the effort to stop the brutal and heinous rogue regime of Adolf Hitler.
The D-Day landings on Omaha Beach were the culmination years of planning, discussion and strategy, all of which were spawned by the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor is the event that catapulted the United States into World War II, and up to this point a ground assault on the continent of Europe, though greatly anticipated, had not begun. The war in Europe had been raging for almost five years and the United States had been part of the effort for two and a half years. But now the ground war against Nazi Germany had begun in earnest and the demise of Hitler’s brutality was on track.
It would take a year of fighting, but that day’s monumental accomplishment would foreshadow the defeat of the vicious Third Reich and usher in the final solution to the war in Europe.
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