Remembering D-Day: MAS Pays Tribute to Military Milestone

Commemorating the Legacy of D-Day

June 6th marks the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord, or more commonly known as D-Day.

Historically, it is the largest seaborne military operation and a pivotal moment in World War 2.

Two years of planning, over 160,000 Allied Forces, and the fortitude of the soldiers all led to the success of this day and the start of Hitler’s downfall.

Why it’s called D-Day

Why It’s Called D-Day

This is a favorite topic for debate among history buffs and a frequent question at the WWII museum.

Some will say the “D” stands for “doom” or “deliverance.” However, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, all amphibious operations have a “departed date,” or in short, “D-Day.”

D-Day - The Lead Up
Photo Credit: CNN

The Lead Up

To infiltrate Nazi Germany’s controlled land and begin dismantling it, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were discussing the urgency for an invasion of Western Europe in 1941.

But it was not until 1943 that General Dwight D. Eisenhower was entrusted with executing Operation Overlord. He strategically chose to land in Normandy, where there were less German troops.

D-Day - The Landing
Photo Credit: Memorial Museum

The Landing

Eisenhower originally planned for the attack to be on June 5th; however, due to weather conditions, it was postponed by one day.

On June 6th, 1944, thousands of allied forces stormed five beaches under the leadership of the U.S.A, Britain, and Canada.

D-Day - The Aftermath
Photo Credit: Department of Defense

The Aftermath

The Allied Forces seized all five beaches by June 11th, 1944. Now, that they had successfully penetrated Western Europe, they could start taking back Nazi occupied land and make their way to Germany.

Thanks to strategic planning and, most importantly, the bravery of thousands of soldiers, D-Day led to the defeat of Hitler and end of WWll.

Reflecting on D-Day

As we reflect on the heroism and sacrifice displayed on D-Day, it’s a powerful reminder of the dedication and courage of our military forces.

At Military AutoSource, we honor this legacy every day. Our deep commitment to the history and heritage of the U.S. Military is at the core of everything we do, because serving those who serve is not just our mission, it’s our privilege.

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