The Normandy, France landings, code-named Operation Neptune (more commonly known as D-Day), were the landing operations of the Allied forces in the Battle Normandy (the overall campaign known as Operation Overlord) during World War II. The landings began a little after midnight on Tuesday, June 6, 1944. The landings were conducted in two phases. The first phase involved 12,000-plane airborne assault which landed 24,000 British, American, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. The second phase was an amphibious assault against the shores of Normandy including Allied infantry and armored divisions which began at 6:30 am, involving nearly 7,000 vessels and nearly 160,000 troops. By the end of August, more than three million Allied troops were in France. Though Hitler’s dream of world domination had begun to crumble with his heavy military losses against the Russians in the East, many regard D-Day as the beginning of the end of World War II. The price to free Europe and the world from the ambition of Hitler and the Axis powers was enormous. The term “casualties” refers to the comprehensive loss of fighting personnel, including those killed, wounded, missing in action (soldiers unaccounted for or whose bodies were not recovered), and prisoners of war. An accurate number of casualties cannot be determined, but losses on D-Day were heavy. Before D-Day, Allied forces lost nearly 12,000 men in April and May of 1944. Though exact numbers cannot be determined, it is believed that Allied casualties numbered nearly 10,000, including 2,500 dead, but more recent figures place that number at 4,414. Though German casualties cannot be accurately determined, they are estimated between 4,000 and 9,000. The remains of more than 110,000 are buried in twenty-seven war cemeteries from both Allied and Axis forces: 77,866 German, 9,386 American, 17,769 British, 5,002 Canadian, and 650 Poles.
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Stephen Flick heads Christian Heritage Fellowship, a national organization dedicated to reclaiming America’s Christian Heritage and celebrating the life-changing influence of the Gospel around the world. Concerned with the cultural decay of America, Dr. Flick has sought to provide answers to fellow Christians (and unbelievers) concerning the questions and objections to Christianity often posed by secularists and the irreligious. Dr. Flick is a writer and speaker and has authored numerous articles and books on America’s Christian heritage. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew University in history and Christian theology and has taught at the graduate level as full professor. He has been a licensed minster for nearly forty years and resides in East Tennessee with his wife, Beth. They have two grown, married children and five grandchildren.