On June 6, 1944 the Allied troops stormed a 50-mile stretch of heavily guarded French coastline. The goal of the highly complex mission involving 160,000 troops was to gain a foothold in Europe to fight against Hitler’s Nazi forces. 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the mission. By the end of the first day of the invasion, the Allied troops had already made a significant impact in Europe.
The Allied forces put a lot of work into deceiving Hitler. The Allies tricked Hitler into believing that the Allies were going to use Normandy as a diversion, while the real target would be the Strait of Dover. Because Hitler believed this, he refused to send reinforcements into Normandy, which ultimately led to the Allied forces gaining control of Europe – therefore winning WWII.
Needless to say, D-Day was a turning point in WWII. It was not without cost, however. 9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded during the invasion. Had it not been for their sacrifice, the world might be a very different place today.
Today, on the 69th anniversary of this historic event, take some time to reflect and be grateful for the people gave their lives for our freedoms. We really wouldn’t have the same opportunities if it weren’t for those people.
American Warehouse Systems is proud to support our troops. We are so grateful for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make every day. God Bless America!