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D-Day Anniversary

"Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."

~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944, was the largest amphibious invasion in military history, bringing together the Air, Sea & Land forces during WWII. The operation, codenamed OVERLORD, delivered 5 naval assault divisions to the beaches at Normandy in France, facing Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. By days end, some 156,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches. The Battle of Normandy lasted 85 days, it was the beginning of the end of WWII. This tartan is intended to reflect that historic event. The thread count within the tartan represents the date of D-Day 06-06-1944. 5 within the weave represents the beaches where soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice so that other may enjoy the freedoms held today. Red, white & blue in this design mirrors the colours of the flags nations fought under during that historic event. The black lines in the tartan are intended to represent dignity & honour of the brave men & women that laid down their lives during WWII. It was also utilized to openly show sadness, grief & mourning. The Allied forces that participated in D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, were primarily from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada with forces from other Allied nations, including:Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Polandl ❤️ 🖤 🤍 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇨🇦

The D-Day invasion, officially known as Operation Overlord, was a monumental military campaign during World War II that began on June 6, 1944. This day marked the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving nearly 160,000 Allied troops landing along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline in Normandy. The invasion was preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and the deployment of airborne troops behind enemy lines. This was aimed at disrupting German reinforcements and securing key locations. The main assault was conducted by American, British, and Canadian forces, who landed on five beachheads named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

Despite facing stiff resistance and heavy casualties, especially at Omaha Beach, the Allied forces successfully established a beachhead. This marked a crucial turning point in the war as it opened the Western Front against the Nazis in Western Europe. The meticulous planning, deception strategies like Operation Fortitude, and the sheer determination of the Allied troops were key to overcoming the formidable German defenses. The success of D-Day not only boosted Allied morale but also paved the way for the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation.

For more on the 80th anniversary celebrations, click the cemetery photo in Normandy.

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