D-Day

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, is considered by military historians as arguably the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here for a comprehensive guide to D-Day or scroll down to see more posts.

The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, is considered by military historians as arguably the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history. Click here for a comprehensive guide to D-Day or scroll down to see more posts.


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D-Day Statistics: Normandy Invasion By the Numbers

The following article on D-Day statistics is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Normandy Invasion consisted of 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft embarking nearly 175,000 men. The British and Canadians put 75,215 troops ashore, and the Americans 57,500, for…

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D-Day Regiments: American, British, and German

The following article on D-Day regiments is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  American D-Day Regiments In the U.S. Army an infantry regiment was composed of three battalions, each with three rifle companies, a headquarters company, and a heavy weapons company.…

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D-Day Museums and Memorials

The following article on D-Day museums is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Numerous D-Day museums in the United States and Europe are directly or indirectly related to documenting, and educating future generations about, D-Day and the Normandy campaign. Many D-Day…

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D-Day Movies: From ‘Longest Day’ to ‘Saving Private Ryan’

The following article about D-Day movies is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It is difficult to estimate the number of motion pictures in which D-Day is featured or bears on the plot. However, the following six are the most notable,…

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The Five D-Day Beaches

The following article on the five D-Day beaches is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  GOLD BEACH A ten-mile stretch between Omaha Beach to the west and Juno to the east, Gold was divided into sectors H, I, J, and K,…

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Mines Used in D-Day

The following article on mines used in D-Day is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Land Mines Various mines were placed on the Normandy beaches to impede or destroy Allied tanks, vehicles, and landing craft. Most were detonated by a pressure…

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WW2 Medals: American, British, and German

The following article on WW2 medals is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  WW2 Medals: American Medal of Honor The highest military decoration in the U.S. armed forces, and among the most famous of WW2 medals, is the Medal of Honor,…

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D-Day Landing Ships

The following article on D-Day landing ships is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Broadly defined, landing ships are transport vessels large enough to carry troops and heavy equipment to the debarkation area, from where landing craft complete the journey to…

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D-Day Landing Craft

The following article on D-Day landing craft an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Any amphibious operation requires landing craft to carry assault troops from their transport ships to the hostile shore. D-Day, the largest such invasion in history, involved hundreds of…

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D-Day Training: Preparing for the Normandy Invasion

The following article on D-Day training is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman' D-Day Encyclopedia. It is available for order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Allied D-Day training and preparing was a vast endeavor, stretching from North America to southern England. Firing ranges were at a premium, as space was needed for practice-firing…

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