I am reblogging this post to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion to liberate Europe from Nazi control. The post contains links to my posts covering visits to Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery.


June 6, 1944, seventy-six years ago today Allied forces landed in Normandy, France to begin the liberation of Western Europe.  Troops involved in the invasion were principally from the United States, Great Britain and Canada.  Operation Overlord, the code name for the invasion, was the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted.  It led to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the war in Europe less than one year later.

20170901_103954 German observation post at Pointe du Hoc

Today it is seems almost beyond belief that only 75 years ago, less than one lifetime, almost all of Europe was locked in a war on land, at sea, and in the air that killed millions.  Through their service and sacrifice, soldiers and civilians (our parents, grandparents and great grandparents) who were involved in that war were able to  preserve freedom and save the world from tyranny and genocide.  Events like the…

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