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Riverway Amateur Radio Society in conjunction with the Stafford and Rugeley Sea Cadets Commemorate 70 Years since the D-Day Landings on the 6th June 1944 the start of the end of World War II in Europe

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D-Day 6th June 1944

The armed forces use codenames to refer to the planning and execution

of specific military operations. Operation Overlord was the codename

for the Allied invasion of north-west Europe. The assault phase of

Operation Overlord was known as Operation Neptune. This operation

involved landing the troops on the beaches, and all other associated

supporting operations required to establish a beachhead in France.

Operation Neptune began on D-Day (6 June 1944) and ended on 30 June

1944. By this time, the Allies had established a firm foothold in

Normandy. Operation Overlord also began on D-Day, and continued until

Allied forces crossed the River Seine on 19 August 1944. The Battle of

Normandy is the name given to the fighting in Normandy between D-Day

and the end of August 1944.

The majority of troops who landed on the D-Day beaches were from the

United Kingdom, Canada and the US. However, troops from many other

countries participated in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, in all the

different armed services: Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France,

Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.
On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. The

American forces landed numbered 73,000: 23,250 on Utah Beach, 34,250 on

Omaha Beach, and 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian

sector, 83,115 troops were landed (61,715 of them British): 24,970 on

Gold Beach, 21,400 on Juno Beach, 28,845 on Sword Beach, and 7900

airborne troops.

11,590 aircraft were available to support the landings. On D-Day, Allied aircraft flew 14,674 sorties, and 127 were lost.
In the airborne landings on both flanks of the beaches, 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders of the RAF and USAAF were used on D-Day.
Operation Neptune involved huge naval forces, including 6,939 vessels: 1,213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Some 195,700 personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune: 52,889 US, 112,824 British, and 4,988 from other Allied countries.

By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches.
As well as the troops who landed in Normandy on D-Day, and those in supporting roles at sea and in the air, millions more men and women in the Allied countries were involved in the preparations for D-Day. They played thousands of different roles, both in the armed forces and as civilians.

We must never forget those who did not return

Thank you to the Imperial War Museum for the information and permission to use the pictures

 

 

 

 

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