Tuesday, 6 June 1944 – Normandy, France.

Allied forces have launched the largest seaborne invasion in history, marking the beginning of Operation Overlord.

Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Normandy landings commenced in the early hours of Tuesday morning with a coordinated assault involving extensive aerial and naval bombardment, followed by the deployment of airborne troops and amphibious landings along the French coast.

Early Morning Assault

Shortly after midnight, approximately 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops descended behind enemy lines.

This aerial assault was designed to secure key positions and disrupt German defences ahead of the main landing force. The airborne troops faced fierce resistance but have reportedly secured several strategic points.

Amphibious Landings Begin

At dawn, the amphibious assault began, with Allied forces landing on a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast. Divided into five sectors—Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword—the landings were met with intense German fire from fortified positions overlooking the beaches.

Strong winds and currents pushed the landing craft off course, complicating the already perilous operation.

Fierce Resistance at Omaha

The landings at Omaha Beach have proven particularly brutal, with heavy casualties reported. The high cliffs and fortified German positions have made the advance slow and costly.

Despite these challenges, Allied troops continue to press forward, demonstrating extraordinary bravery under relentless enemy fire.

Progress in Other Sectors

In the Gold, Juno, and Sword sectors, Allied forces are engaged in fierce house-to-house combat to clear fortified towns. Specialised tanks, designed to deal with beach obstacles and fortifications, have played a crucial role in disabling key enemy gun emplacements.

Initial Objectives

The primary objectives for the first day included establishing secure beachheads and capturing key towns such as Carentan, Saint-Lô, and Bayeux. However, the Allies have yet to achieve these goals fully.

The link-up of beachheads is progressing slowly, with Juno and Gold being the only sectors connected as of this report. Full consolidation of all beachheads is anticipated in the coming days.

Strategic Importance

We understand that today’s invasion marks a pivotal moment in the Allied campaign to liberate France and Western Europe from Nazi occupation.

The planning for this operation began over a year ago, with extensive deception operations, such as Operation Bodyguard, successfully misleading German forces about the invasion’s timing and location.

A Day of Sacrifice and Valour

As the sun sets on this historic day, the cost of the invasion becomes evident. Allied casualties are estimated to be at least 10,000, with over 4,000 confirmed dead. German casualties range between 4,000 to 9,000.

The courage and sacrifice of these soldiers will be remembered as a turning point in the fight for freedom and the eventual defeat of tyranny in Europe.

Memorial Tribute

This report, written as if by the UK Defence Journal on the day of the landings, serves a dual purpose. First, it captures the immediacy and urgency of the historic events as they unfolded. Second, it stands as a tribute to the valour and sacrifice of the brave soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy. Their actions laid the groundwork for the liberation of France and the eventual victory in Europe.

As we commemorate their heroism, we acknowledge the heavy price paid for freedom. The legacy of D-Day will endure as a testament to the resilience and determination of the Allied forces in the face of overwhelming odds. May we never forget the sacrifices made on this day, and may their courage inspire future generations.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Jacko
Jacko (@guest_824811)
2 days ago

Excellent remembrance service etc on the tellybox this morning from Normandy👌

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman (@guest_825215)
41 minutes ago
Reply to  Jacko

Missed everything as I’m abroad but still remembered the lads, lest we forget and let’s hope future generations have been told bout this at school.

Nevis
Nevis (@guest_824814)
1 day ago

Lest we forget

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_824844)
1 day ago

Proud of my Grandads minimal contribution. He was one of the Steel Engineers who built the Mullberry Harbour the ruins of which now sit on Gold Beach.

Lonpfrb
Lonpfrb (@guest_824890)
1 day ago

Brilliant innovation to provide decisive Logistical Support, and an amazing legacy to this day.

Respect for your Grandads contribution. Engineers do important work.

Sadly I don’t have such specific information about my Grandfather but as an Intelligence Officer I do know that he contributed to Op Bodyguard and Op Overlord, something to do with Arromanches, but I known not.

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them..

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_824894)
1 day ago
Reply to  Lonpfrb

❤ Well said.
Yes, apparently he wanted to join the military but he wasn’t allowed to due to his role. He also repaired bombed ships in Pompey and went to other places, airfields and such.
Like many, wasn’t something he talked about.
My favourite D Day memory was I think from 1994? When Major Howard went back to “Pegasus Bridge” and was pushed across in his Wheel Chair, surrounded by crowds and other serving paras.
That was too much for me and I still get emotional now at the thought of that amazing moment.

klonkie
klonkie (@guest_824898)
1 day ago

Hi Mate. What a remarkable time to have been alive! Been watching some D Day docos by James Holland lately, Quite liking his work.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_824922)
1 day ago
Reply to  klonkie

Morning mate. Not aware of them, will have a look.
I like studying German military history as well as modern UK Mil, usually Eastern Front, but also Normandy, I’ve always been fascinated at the sheer ineptitude and incompetence of the German High Command in the build up and response to Overlord.
The performance of the Wermacht and Waffen SS in resisting the invasion was as always outstanding.

Klonkie
Klonkie (@guest_825125)
6 hours ago

Oh yes, definitely agree on the German divisions performance., in particular the Caen sector dung Ops Goodwood.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_825127)
4 hours ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Ahhh, I see you know your stuff
mate. No surprise for an intelligence type.

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_824850)
1 day ago

Allied forces have launched the largest seaborne invasion in history,

Incorrect, Operation Husky, invasion of Sicily was larger.

Jacko
Jacko (@guest_824869)
1 day ago
Reply to  AlexS

Op husky landed more troops over a greater frontage, how ever Overlord had more ships,so that makes Overlord the largest👍

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_824874)
1 day ago
Reply to  Jacko

That is not the most important factor factor to determine largest seaborne invasion. Landing more troops with a larger frontage is more relevant to determine the largest. The Allied invasion of Sicily was the largest amphibious operation conducted in World War II with over seven assault divisions landing across Italian beaches. The planning and conduct of HUSKY was fraught with indecision, fragmented planning, poor coordination, and a lack of unity of effort. Husky proves to be an interesting case study of the operational level of war and provides several relevant lessons for todays commanders and joint staff officers. Plus the… Read more »

Jacko
Jacko (@guest_824885)
1 day ago
Reply to  AlexS

More ships = largest whatever the job the ships are doing,not arguing anything else they were both impressive achievements.

Expat Alien
Expat Alien (@guest_824907)
1 day ago
Reply to  AlexS

My Uncle (8th Army) was a member of the Beachmaster’s party for the British landing. Landed from a submarine (HMS Seraph I think) prior to the main invasion. Reckoned it was the scariest time and he could never spend time on a submarine again. Otherwise never spoke of it.

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_825166)
2 hours ago
Reply to  Expat Alien

Interesting, i guess by submarine is the more stealth option available.

DaveyB
DaveyB (@guest_824856)
1 day ago

Both of my Grandfathers were in the Royal Artillery. One was 8th Army, who fought from North Africa to Italy. The other was in India/Burma. Neither knew each other, before my parents got married. Both would only tell snippets of what they went through. Both are no longer with us. After having the privilege to serve in our Armed Forces. From a sprog to commissioned, witnessing the horrors in Bosnia, fighting in Iraq and Afghan. I can now fully understand their reticence for relaying the experiences that they went through. But have a better understanding of why one of them… Read more »

AlexS
AlexS (@guest_824860)
1 day ago
Reply to  DaveyB

Thanks. Still it is important to relay the history even of bad things.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_824878)
1 day ago
Reply to  DaveyB

Beautiful tribute Davey.
Bless you.

Lonpfrb
Lonpfrb (@guest_824891)
1 day ago
Reply to  DaveyB

Good point, there was a lot of Not talking about it. My Fathers Father served in the WW1 trenches and had an experience that he simply never talked about. So we never got any direct insights into the sacrifice that went on. He did get a MM but more importantly got home. Since he was too old to fight by WW2 he served on the London ARP, which had significant hazards (Blitz) but probably less than front line. Again, he wouldn’t talk about it so we just don’t know. I respect all that have served and their right to say… Read more »

Sjb1968
Sjb1968 (@guest_824867)
1 day ago

RIP to my Great Uncle, Ernie Broome, Stoker 1st class who still lies with his shipmates on HMS Loyalty, which was sunk on 22nd August 1944 by the German U-boat U-480 at position 50°09′N 00°41′W in the English Channel.

Jonno
Jonno (@guest_824870)
1 day ago

I didn’t realise we had to go back to Normandy beaches again today. The French will never learn will they? The Spanish and Italians it seems are just as bad in standing up against Putin’s Fascism as they were back in the 1930’s caving to Franco and Mussolini.
So here we go again, only this time we are totally unprepared with tiny armed forces.
Oh wait…

BigH1979
BigH1979 (@guest_824930)
1 day ago

A great tribute yesterday until i started seeing slimy politicians showing their faces. They have absolutely nothing in common with any of the great men of those days.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_824932)
1 day ago

So Sunak left the D Day events early to get back to the more serious election business!!! I’m a life long Tory with occasional support for UKIP, Reform, and Nigel Farage when he’s active. But this is the final nail in the coffin for me I’m afraid. I’m disgusted and, actually…..bloody furious!!! Had no idea till J mentioned it here. A PM just can not do that! Those vets won’t be alive much longer. Saying “on reflection I should not have” is cobblers. If you need to reflect to realise that was wrong you’re not fit for office. Sunak talks… Read more »

Bell
Bell (@guest_824935)
1 day ago

The French Government where told a week ago that he would not be attending any events in Normandy due to his election campaigning.

Grizzler
Grizzler (@guest_824951)
1 day ago
Reply to  Bell

Well thats OK then ….an absolutely pathetic pointless own goal that shows the lack of understanding of the poignancy of the occasion and well deserving of the derision it has garnered.
What about our standing on the world stage – what about the snub (perceived or otherwise) to the Americans from not attending the Omaha beach rememberance.
I fail to see what positives could possibly have been envisaged from this decision, quite simply an unbelievable mis-judgment from Sunak & his ‘advisors’.

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Jacko
Jacko (@guest_824936)
1 day ago

I must admit when I saw Cameron sniffing around Biden and Macron I said to the missus where’s Sunak🙄
TBF I thought Macron impressed at our monument though 👍

Last edited 1 day ago by Jacko
Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_824947)
1 day ago

Lit a candle yesterday in the rest room at work to remember the event. Specially my uncle Mickey who saved in a Scottish Regiment before been transferred into the Royal Engineers because of is welding experience for the landings.Been gone some year’s now .such a Gentle man hard to believe what they went through. 🕯

Lonpfrb
Lonpfrb (@guest_824974)
22 hours ago
Reply to  Andrew D

RIP Uncle Mickey.

My Mothers Father started in the Highland Division (infantry) but when they discovered he could speak French was moved to military intelligence, badged Royal Engineer.

Sadly we never did any welding, but I do see the value of his Languages, German and Russian by WW2, learnt in Vienna, Austria, between the wars. He ended WW2 on Churchill’s war staff, so Languages were and are useful.

Andrew D
Andrew D (@guest_825037)
16 hours ago
Reply to  Lonpfrb

Cheers mate 🍺 and full respect to your mother’s father seems like he had an very interesting war .Hope Churchill give him a well earned smoke Cigar

Mark Kennett
Mark Kennett (@guest_825222)
39 seconds ago

God bless every one of them. Both those that are still with us and those who can no longer tell us their stories. It was good to see all the veterans the other day wearing their well deserved Legion d’honneur.

The first verse of ‘Coming home’ by ‘The soldiers’ seems so appropriate:
Every soldier who gave their life lives forever.
Every soldier who fought the fight echoes in our minds.
All the wounded and the brave,
the ones god couldn’t save,
we salute your courage!