June 6, 2012

68 Junes Ago

In April and May of 1944 over 12,000 Allied airmen lost their lives in preparation for the Normandy invasion, Operation Overlord.

The fighting ultimately involved approximately one million allied soldiers and almost three quarters of a million Germans; 8,000 artillery pieces; 2,546 Allied bomber and 1,731 fighter aircraft; over 800 German bombers and fighters; 1,000 Allied warships and over 4,000 landing craft brought 160,000 soldiers to the beaches in the first hours. It was the greatest Armada in human history.

The Allies lost 24 warships and 35 merchant ships; 127 allied aircraft were shot down; 3,500 gliders were deployed. Each glider could carry up to 16 soldiers. Sixteen parachute regiments, 13,000 men, were dropped behind German lies.

Allied losses - 2,700 British; 946 Canadians; 6,603 Americas.

German losses - Between 4,000 and 9,000.

By the time the Battle of Normandy ended 425,000 Allies and Germans were killed or wounded.

Today we honor these men.

But not that clown in the White House. His only thought is to honor himself.

There is no official casualty figure for D-Day. It is estimated that more than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or went missing during the battle. That figure includes more than 209,000 Allied casualties. In addition to roughly 200,000 German troops killed or wounded, the Allies also captured 200,000 soldiers. Captured Germans were sent to American prisoner-of-war camps at the rate of 30,000 per month, from D-Day until Christmas 1944. Between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed during the battle.


Woodsterman (Odie) said...

You can tell Obama isn't impressed.

Andy said...

So positively typical behavior for this pretender to the American Presidency. For certain, Mitt Romney will need to dispatch a brigade of mops and buckets to clean up the hot mess left in the wake of Barry Sowerto.
But, lest we forget, Thank you men of the Greatest Generation for rising in the face of Leftist (National Socialist) aggression.

sig94 said...

Odie - The onliest President to employ the crotch salute. Hopwfully the WH Marine guards will do the same for him on his way out next January.

sig94 said...

Andy - it's gonna take some time and effort to remove the Obama stench from DC.

Kid said...

Sig, how much are the obamas gonna steal o the way out.

And If I were the romney's, I'd have the place completely fumigated and professionally cleaned. All soft materials like carpet and draperies would be replaced.

Then I'd send the bill to oblabber just for laughs. Along with all the o keys off all the keyboards. Then toss the keyboards too of course.

sig94 said...

Kid - I'd have those grifters cleaning the WH carpets with their tongues.