Every year when June 6th rolls around I take some time with my family to remember D-Day and the awesome sacrifice made by so many to keep the world free.
The Nazi jackboot had torn across Europe with a fury, leaving countless scores of dead in it’s wake. The only way to stop it was a combined seaborne and airborne invasion by Allied Forces.
As a Military Historian, I always tell people (in the spirit of the great Paul Harvey) the “rest of the story” regarding D-Day is the two PRECEDING Amphibious Assaults in North Africa in 1942 with Operation Torch and Sicily and Italy in 1943 with Operations Husky and Avalanche. Without these landings, D-day would have been an unmitigated disaster.
For further study:
D-Day by Stephen Ambrose
D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson
D-Day Through German Eyes by Holger Eckhertz
Band of Brothers DVD Box Set