So many lives lost. So many heroes’ stories. So much of…everything.
- 127 planes were lost on D-Day.
- Approximately 17 million maps supported this event.
- The point of invasion was the most heavily guarded secret on the face of the earth. Normandy was about to be written into the history books forever.
- The units conducting the initial assault didn’t even know where they were going or where they were landing.
- There 9386 in the american cemetery- each grave faces west, toward America. 307 are in unknown soldier graves, 1557 are listed in a garden for those who were never found, 4968 are British soldiers, 946 are Canadians, and 21,500 Germans are buried there as well.
- Ammunition alone accounted for 448,000 tons of equipment.
- If it had not been for the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and further testing and refinements in the 30s, the casualty count would have been FAR higher!
- Lieutenant James Doohan got shot in the hand. A silver cigarette case stopped the bullet to the chest and saved his life. He did lose a finger, but that didn’t stop him from having a great career. You might know him as Scottie on Star Trek- he did amazing things to the ship when it got shot up! He did try to hide his hand when he was on screen.
- Robert Capa was a war photographer and was in the middle of things on that day. His collection of photos is called the Magnificent 11 (because there are only 11 images). He shot hundreds more photos than that capturing history in the making! Unfortunately, his assistant dried the photos at too high a temperature and only the 11 survived.
- The giant wall map used by General Eisenhower was created by the toy maker, Chad Valley.
- THIS IS FOR WRITERS! J. D. Salinger landed on Omaha Beach and in his back pack were 6 chapters of his unfinished novel, Catcher In The Rye. By that afternoon, a man named Evelyn Waugh who was recuperating in Devon after injuring his leg in paratrooper training, completed his novel, Brideshead Revisited!!
- The weather, or really the ability to predict it, helped win the war. The meteorologist who worked for General Eisenhower was the only one who said the winds and seas would be too rough on June 5, 1944, the original landing date. Postponing it by a day proved a good idea when it turned out to be bad weather on that day! June 6 wasn’t ideal, but it was workable.
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