(National Sentinel) The Price of Freedom: Seventy-four years today, 155,000 men from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and other nations stormed the beaches along a 55-mile stretch in southern France.
Their objective: Establish a beachhead for the Allied invasion of Europe, to free it from the grip of real Nazis and their deranged leader, Adolph Hitler.
Per the History Channel:
With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.
On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.
By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches. …
Though it did not go off exactly as planned, as later claimed by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery–for example, the Allies were able to land only fractions of the supplies and vehicles they had intended in France–D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.
It was through this effort alone — years in the planning and preparation — that the war in Europe came to an end far more quickly that it would have if the invasion had failed.
The personal accounts of self-sacrifice and bravery are well-documented. There is no shortage of inspirational stories from the men — and women — who gave all they had for the cause of freedom.
When it was all over tens of millions were killed all over the world.
Of those, 416,800 were American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and members of the Army Air Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. That’s twice as many as France and one-third more than Britain.
This is why we stand and honor our flag and National Anthem. And our military, of course.
It’s also why we refuse to provide any “understanding” to schmucks, chumps, and ungrateful losers in professional sports leagues who think they’re so “brave” for kneeling or protesting our anthem, or disrespecting the president of the United States when he invites them to the people’s White House.
Remembering D-Day is a way of remembering why we’re still free and why we pay homage to our national symbols. Anyone who doesn’t agree or understand doesn’t deserve the same respect.
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