75 Years Ago: D-Day

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day (aka Operation Overlord). This was the invasion by the Allies on the beaches of Normandy, France. Pearl Harbor seems to be labeled the “turning point” of World War II, but D-Day was the event where it appeared that the Allies were gaining the upper hand.

As a Canadian this is one of the more celebrated battles in my country (along with Vimy Ridge in WWI) because the Canadians had a key role in Juno beach. The Americans took Utah and Omaha beach and the British had Gold and Sword.

D-Day is one of the most significant battles in popular culture. There are countless history books written about the battle, and its a subject in many films, whether they are true or fictionalized.

The Germans surrendered less than a year after D-Day on May 7, 1945.

This isn’t really the usual thing I like to talk about on this site, but its a significant anniversary of a significant moment in our history.