Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6 D Day

Last August we were lucky to visit the beaches of Normandy while on our Seine river cruise.
This link will take you to the detailed post I wrote at that time.

We were also given a choice to visit either the Canadian or American landings. We chose the Canadian and we a small group for the MS Avalon Creativity.

Operation Overlord was only one step of a global strategic plan for the complete defeat of Nazi Germany. The Normandy landing was designed to establish a bridgehead from which two armies, the First US Army on the west flank and the Second British Army to the east could be supplied by sea. With the bridgehead firmly secured, the armies were to move on to liberate France and the neighbouring countries. Germany, attacked on three separate fronts, in Northwest Europe, in Russia, and in the Mediterranean, would soon be exhausted and defeated.

On June 6th, 1944, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Armoured Brigade were tasked with establishing a bridgehead on the beach codenamed "Juno". This was an eight-kilometre long stretch of beach bordering Saint-Aubin, Bernières, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Graye-sur-Mer. Assault troops were then to move towards the Carpiquet airfield, 18 kilometres inland. The 3rd Infantry Division, under Major-General R.F.L. Keller, was under command of the Second British Army. It was flanked on the left by the 3rd British Infantry Division that was to land on Sword beach (Lion-sur-Mer, Langrune-sur-Mer). To the right, the 50th British Division had as its target "Gold Beach" (La Rivière, Le Hamel, and Arromanches).

Normandy Invasion: final British, Canadian, and German positions on D-Day, June 6, 1944

First stop was at the Pegasus Museum.

At a graveyard.

 The Canadian museum at Juno Beach is amazing.

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