Posted by: bkivey | 6 June 2010

The Longest Day

66 years ago today 160,000 Allied troops from Australia, Canada, Free France, Norway, Poland, U.K., and the U.S. assaulted the beaches at Normandy, France. The Allies suffered about 10,000 casualties of which 4400 were killed, including 2500 Americans. German casualties are estimated to have been between 4,000 and 9,000 men. In the ensuing Battle of Normandy another 37,000 Allied ground troops would die along with nearly 17,000 in the air. German casualties would come to some 200,000 men. Somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians would be killed, mainly as a result of Allied bombing.

There are precious few survivors from the largest amphibious assault in recorded history, and it’s worth taking a moment today to remember them and their comrades.

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