Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allies during World War II.
It has been immortalized in American history through film (The Longest Day, Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan). As Bryan notes, so many things could have gone wrong that it’s amazing that it was a success.
As I noted on Memorial Day, my great-uncle Cary G. Dunn served in the Army in the war and came ashore on that day. Thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed or injured during the invasion, but it was the beginning of the push to end the war in Europe. Paris would be liberated in August 1944, and the war would end eleven months later with the surrender of Germany.