Today is the 66th anniversary of D-Day. A day to remember approximately 215,000 Allied soldiers, who were killed or wounded during D-Day and the ensuing months it took to secure the capture of Normandy.
In the early hours of June 6, 1944, landing craft carrying approximately 14,000 young Canadians troops, who where members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, prepared to storm the heavily – fortified Normandy coastline. The Canadian forces, under British command, were assigned to Juno Beach, it was also known as the Canadian beach. With the exception of Omaha Beach, the Canadians unknowingly faced the strongest opposition. The battle for Juno Beach cost 340 Canadian lives and resulted in another 574 wounded.
The original planned date for the invasion was June 5, as a full moon and high tide would provide maximum visibility. These conditions would help to buffer for the numerous German defensive traps. Stormy waters on the planned day of the invasion meant that the Allies might have to postpone for another month when conditions would be in their favour. When US Army meteorologist predicted a brief interlude in the inclement weather for June 6, Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower relayed this information to his Allied forces counterparts and D-Day was a go.
The invasion on the beaches of Normandy was a crucial turning point in World War II. A victory on the beaches and a the establishment of a strong hold, this eventually led to the liberation of Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Take this day to remember the sacrifices that Allied troops made 66 years ago in the Liberation of Europe.