D-Day 75th Anniversary 2019: Major Events To Honour The Battle Of Normandy

D-Day 75th Anniversary 2019: Major Events To Honour The Battle Of Normandy

              D-Day 75th Anniversary 2019 Major Events: On June 6, 1944, the day forever to be known as D-Day, where the Allied forces attacked the Nazi-occupied French coast in what it turns out to be the largest seaborne military invasion in history in order to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

Codenamed Operation Neptune which is often mentioned to as D-Day, was considered to be the largest seaborne invasion in history.

The operation started the liberation of German-occupied France (and later Europe) from Nazi control, as well as laid the foundations of the Allied triumph on the Western Front.

The invasion saw some total of 156,000 British, American as well as Canadian troops launched from the sea and air on to French soil all over the 50 miles of Normandy seashore.

In an effort in order to free Europe from the grasps of the Nazis, D-Day was also considered to be one of the most crucial costly battles for the Allied forces, with estimated casualties of 10,000 people by sunset and more than 4,400 confirmed dead.

Seventy-five years later, thousands of people have already started to mark the anniversary for the duration of a series of memorial events in the UK and France this week.

Crucial moments of The Battle

As per to the Allied commanders, the D-Day landings were called Operation Overlord who were chosen at the end of 1943 to plan the invasion.

US General Dwight D Eisenhower was in supreme command of the huge immense operation which would bring the Allies a major victory in the 10-week long battle for Normandy.

The force which took part comprised of 5,300 ships and craft, 156,000 men, 1,500 tanks as well as 12,000 planes.

American soldiers at that time were given the task of getting on shore at the Utah and Omaha beaches. Omaha saw some of the blood-spattered fightings, with US troops cut down by extreme German machine gun fire.

By June 12, 1944, about more than 320,000 men were aground with around 55,000 vehicles as well as nearly 105,000 tons of stores.

The major Events in the UK

D-Day 75th Anniversary 2019: Major Events To Honour The Battle Of Normandy

On Wednesday, June 5, there is going to be held a series of events in Portsmouth all through the day comprising a fly-pasts and air displays of spitfires and Red Arrows.

The key focus is going to be the international memorial event, on the other hand, the Royal British Legion is setting set sail from Portsmouth and will move forward in the direction of Normandy with 300 veterans on board later that evening.

The Royal Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire is also going to host an event at 1 pm in order to celebrate the crucial role of the X-class Submarines played in D-Day.

On Thursday that is on June 6 major commemoration services are going to be held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, the Methodist Church Hall in Folkestone Kent, as well as Spalding Parish Church in Lincolnshire.

In Surrey, Waltham-on-Thames is going to observe hundreds of runners turning up for a 6-hour timed running event in order to honor the battle from 9.30am.

Edinburgh is also hosting a Scottish D-Day 75 Dinner at the Prestonfield Hotel at 6.30 pm whilst Finchingfield in Essex is going to hold a special D-Day talk about the history of RAF Wethersfield base from 7 pm.

On the Isle-of-Man, which is a ceremony that is going to take place at 10 am with wreath-laying at the Normandy Veterans Memorial in the garden which is next to the town hall on Ridgeway Street.

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