Angry New Yorker

Friday, June 06, 2008
June 6, 1944 - D-Day
Sixty-four years ago (can that much time really have passed), the greatest amphibious invasion in history began, and with it the liberation of western Europe. We have nothing but the utmost admiration, gratitude and respect for all those who took part, military or civilian.

The best D-Day website, with photos, audio and many links to other memorials, is the U.S. Army's own site at
The home page notes:
June 6, 1944 - 160,000 Allied Troops landed long a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
It should also be noted that Google, which continues to rightly catch flak for ignoring momentous American holidays and events, is on its homepage graphic iconography today highlighting Diego Valezquez, as at left. Who? Exactly.

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