PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Seventy years to the day marks the largest seaborne invasion where more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts descended along a 50-mile section of France’s Normandy coast.
The world watched on in awe as the Allies grabbed a foothold in Continental Europe.
This was the beginning of their operation to free France from the Nazi occupation and march across Europe to eventually defeat Hitler. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers sacrificed their lives so 100,000 of their brothers could succeed in the freedom of Europe.
The planners chose Normandy beaches because it was less defended and there was easier air access. Airborne drops were initiated at both ends of the beachhead to protect the flanks and open up roadways.