160,000 troops from America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and
other nations landed along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast of
was the largest amphibious invasion force in world history, supported
by 5,000 ships with 195,700 navy personnel and 13,000 aircraft.
that day, the sea along the heavily fortified beaches of Omaha, Utah,
Gold, Juno, Sword and Pointe du Hoc ran red with the blood of almost
9,000 killed or wounded.
It was a major turning point in World War II.
Hitler had seized power in Germany in 1933 by promising hope to the
German people after a depression and a devaluation of their currency.
Hitler's National Socialist Workers Party eliminated all political opposition, took control of healthcare and confiscated guns.
Using diplomatic intimidation, deception, and lightning attacks they proceeded to take control of:
The Sudeten Region, Bohemia, Moravia, Poland, Denmark, Norway,
Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, France, Monaco, Greece, The Channel Island
(UK), Czechoslovakia, the Baltic states, Serbia, Italy, Hungary,
Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Finland, Croatia and more.
National Socialist Workers Party operated over 1,200 concentration
camps where an estimated 4,251,500 people lost their lives.
after D-Day, courageous German resistance attempted an assassination of
Hitler, but he survived and retaliated by killing over 7,000 Germans.
his D-Day Orders, JUNE 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight
Eisenhower sent nearly 100,000 Allied troops marching across Europe to
defeat Hitler's National Socialist Workers Party:
"You are about to embark upon a great crusade...The eyes of the world are upon you.
The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you...
You will bring about...the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe...
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely...
And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."
fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of
Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our
allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation...
I ask you to join with me in prayer:
God, Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty
endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our
Give strength to their arms, stoutness to their
hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings.
Their road will be long and hard.
For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces...
We know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph...
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom..."
"Help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice...
I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer.
we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of
prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
us strength...and, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee...With
Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy...
a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just
rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen."