History of D Day
| D-day is marked as one of the fiercest battle in water during the World War II. The attackers wanted to find a suitable location with beaches easily accessible to the fighter planes from England. They zeroed down on five beaches situated in northern coastal regions of Normandy in France. They gave a code name to each of these chosen beaches - Omaha, Sword, Utah, Juno and Gold.
In the year 1944, on June 5, a secret attack was planned across English Channel along the coast of Normandy. The attacking crew consisted of about 5,000 ships, 11,000 planes, 50,000 vehicles along with 1,50,000 individuals. This was one of the largest planned attacks and required years of expert planning, training as well as organizing supply of men and materials. The opponents deceived Hitler and his men who thought that the attack would commence at Pas-de-Calais.
A fierce battle ensued from June 6 and the plans were carried out successfully in four of the beaches. Trouble started at the 4-mile long Omaha beach which was situated in between cliffs. The attackers faced huge obstacles for about 300 yards where they had to fight high tides as well man-made trenches which broke open the landing crafts and drowned many people.
The D-Day episode resulted in about 9,000 surviving wounded allies of which about 3,000 were only from the Omaha beach. Though the invaders thought that they would advance about five to miles in a day, the stiff German fighters made it almost impossible for them to succeed.