Sunday, June 06, 2010

Pop History Moment: The D-Day Landings

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketOn this day in 1944 Allied troops made a massive, co-ordinated assault on France's Normandy coast during Operation Overlord in an effort to regain Europe from Fascism, during the most famous D-Day of them all...

In all, more than 850,000 troops were included in the amphibious landings at Gold, Juno, Omaha, Sword and Utah beaches all along the coast at dawn, following an air assault which had taken place shortly after midnight. There were approximately 10,000 Allied casualties that day, of which 1,465 were American, 2,700 British, and 359 Canadian; these men died to defend my right to sit in my bathrobe and take bitchy swipes at politicians on this blog - which act of heroism I gladly honour today in all sincerity.

The Normandy Landings were depicted in all their queasy detail in Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan, as well as in the 1962 film The Longest Day.
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