D-Day June 6, 1944
Two years of planning and preparation led up to the Allied Landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 (pg. 3). British and American staffs had to work out every foreseeable detail for an undertaking that would involve the major military resources of the two Allied powers; immense stocks of shipping, aircraft, and supplies were assembled in the British Isles in an effort that taxed the war industries of both countries; before D-Day the Allied forces had
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divisions), 1,500 tanks (2divisions), 5,300 ships and landing craft, 12,000 airplanes, and 20,000 airborne troops. By the end of D-Day 2,500 allied soldiers were killed (10,000 were planned). Of the 11,770 paratroopers 5,436 were either killed or wounded. German losses were high as well 80,000 troops, and one tank division.
Weeks of hard fighting were ahead, but the foundation for the final success of the Allied campaign in France had been firmly set. Scene of one of the hardest assault landings in military history.