Wednesday, June 05, 2019

D-Day June 6 1944 - 75 Years Ago


More than 14,000 Canadian forces landed or parachuted into France on D-Day. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 warships and 10,000 sailors and the RCAF contributed 15 fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons to the assault.

Total Allied casualties numbered more than 10,000 on D-Day including 1074 Canadians of which 359 were killed in action.

The Normandy campaign which had been expected to last a few weeks ended up taking months and not concluding until August 21 1944. It was then that Canadian forces played an important role in the closing of the Falaise Gap. This finally contained the German forces and saw the capture of 150,000 German soldiers. It was now possible for the Allies to pursue the Germans into the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Among the Allied casualties in the Normandy campaign were more than 18,700 Canadians with 5,000 Canadians losing their lives.

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