Center Col: Unset
Col Margin: Unset
Col Status: Unset
Mouse over button or menu: Unset
Home Btn Pos X (Left), Y (bottom): Unset
Mouse X, Y: Unset

Recommend this page to a friend:

On a mobile device? Try our mobile site

Forces War Records Blog


Troops Smile From The Door From Their Horsa Glider
Troops Smile From The Door From Their Horsa Glider

The 6th June, 2014 will mark the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord and the D-Day landing that changed the course of the Second World War and was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Tonight at 9.30pm, 70 years ago the first aircraft took off from British airfields for airborne operations to seize key objectives such as bridges road crossings, and terrain features, particularly on the eastern and western flanks of the landing areas.

Some estimates state that more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives in the D-Day invasion, with thousands more wounded or missing. However, by the end of the day around 156,000 Allied troops had successfully stormed Normandy‚Äôs beaches.

In the following weeks after D-Day, the Allies fought their way across the Normandy countryside in the face of determined German resistance and by the end of June, the Allies had seized the vital port of Cherbourg, landed approximately 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy, and were poised to continue their march across France.


Do you have any D-Day heroes in your family? Maybe you are researching them and your family's military history - search the Forces war records site and fill in the missing pieces...

Login or Register To Comment
Your comment has been sent for approval. You will receive an email when it gets approved.


Search for a name in our records

Search over 10 Million records

Follow Blog

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email
Join 764 other followers

Post Calendar

June 2014
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Top Stories

One moment...