On June 6, 1944, allied forces launched the largest amphibious attack in the history of modern warfare as part of Operation Overlord. This was a pivotal moment for allied troops of World War II and one of the bloodiest battles of the entire war.
Allied forces that saw combat in Normandy, France during this battle included Canadian, French, British and, you better believe it… American troops.
The Normandy invasion began during the night with parachute and glider landings, air attacks and naval bombings. Forces that had prepared for months stormed five beaches the next morning. Beach-goers were astonished…
Much of this preparation had been done in April of 1944. More than 600 U.S. soldiers and sailors were killed in the training for this mission after German torpedoes struck the English training location. This meant war (literally).
By June 11, more than 300,000 allied men were involved in the fight. By June 30, more than 850,000 allied troops had engaged. In totality, more than one million allied soldiers had landed on the shores of Normandy. Those are some serious numbers…
More than 100,000 men lost their lives on both sides. To this day, five of the largest military cemeteries in the world reside within the five-beach region.
Allow these LEGOs to demonstrate the fashion in which this legendary battle was fought. (Sound effects provided by Medal of Honor video games.)
Man those Nazi LEGOs sure look mean… I’m glad they never made that set for children.
This battle epitomizes the ultimate sacrifice, and the generation of heroes that participated in its execution. D-Day will always be remembered as one of the most epic battles in the history of warfare – with one of the highest casualty counts. Let’s do our best to remember the sacrifice others have made for our freedom this Thursday, by honoring the soldiers of D-Day.