D-day

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D-Day is the name given to the first day of the Battle of Normandy between the Germans and the Allies during the Second World War. It was therefore on Tuesday June 6, 1944 that one of the most important and complex military operations in history began.

Baptized Overlord, the Battle of Normandy aims to retake Germany occupied by the Germans. To give you an idea of the scale of this event, here are some interesting figures:

  • 132,000: Number of Allied soldiers who landed on June 6, 1944 at midnight.
  • 10,000: Estimated number of German casualties on June 6, 1944 at midnight.
  • 10,760: Number of trips (round trip) of the Allied air force during the 24 hours of June 6.
  • 9,500: Number of allied attack and support aircraft in flight on D-Day.
  • 6,939: Total number of ships deployed during Operation Neptune.
  • 6460: Number of warships and civilian ships deployed for the amphibious assault.
  • 1900: Number of Allied planes and gliders used on the night of June 5 to 6, 1944.
  • 200: Number of warships which took part in the naval bombardment of June 6, 1944 (battleships, monitors, cruisers and destroyers).
  • 120: Number of Allied ships damaged (from June 6 to 30, 1944).
  • 59: Number of Allied ships sunk (June 6 to 30, 1944).

Source: Vikidia

The Normandy landings were the beginning of the end of the Second World War. This considerably weakened the German army, eventually liberating Western Europe, and ultimately precipitated the defeat of the Nazis.

Your challenge

Have you ever heard of D-Day? Now is the time to test your knowledge on the subject. Here is a little quiz on the Normandy landings. Take all the time you need to do it and do your research to answer the questions as best you can. This Wikipedia page can be a good starting point for researching information on the topic.


 

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