Today we use the Term D-Day to mean the day when something important takes place – like a wedding, a birthday or a holiday. It’s the day we take action. Everything seems to have it’s D-Day. But where does the phrase come from?
D-Day on 6th June 1944
The best known D-Day is June 6, 1944, where 24,000 men were sent by sea to invade the beaches of Normandy held by German troops. If you ever go to those places you will still see evidence of how well those areas are fortified. Huge concrete barriers are still facing the sea, with gun positions that appear invincible. And probably were in 1944!
The only way to get round these was to throw as many men and armaments onto the positions with the hope of overwhelming these positions. White cliffs, grey concrete and unwelcoming beaches that are banked with concrete and have gun turrets embedded inside them. That as what awaited the allies on that day.
The German troops were similarly surprised. Because their fortifications were so strong, they never expected an attack at this location. They expected to be attacked further up the coast – where the military commanders had gathered their forces. The last thing the German soldiers defending these bleak, windswept cliffs and empty exposed grey beaches expected was an invading force to come their way. However, at midnight the sound of artillery joined the cry of the seagull along this bleak coast.
The rest is well documented however German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 12,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Such was the price of war.
Why was it called D-Day
In the military, D-Day is the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. The terms D-Day and H-Hour are used for the day and hour on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated.
Appreciation of that D-Day
When you have one of your own D-Days, give a thought to those who gave you that wonderful opportunity – and do your best to honour them by making your D-Day pay off for you in the best possible outcome you could wish for.
In London in SL we held an event in Hyde Park in respect to those who lost their lives and took part in that theatre of war. A screen was places in the Hub where people were able to watch the progress and tributes of the day.
Ever the hero in the London sims himself, Jason even dropped by to check out these heroes.