Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when allied troops landed at Normandy on the French coast, the beginning of the end of World War II.
I remember a number of years ago visiting Normandy and looking down at Omaha beach from the remains of a German bunker that overlooked a tall bluff to the beach below. The landing crafts and the soldiers who somehow made it to the beach were sitting ducks and thousands of Americans died in those first waves of the attack. And yet, somehow, they kept coming and eventually climbed up the sheer cliff and took that bunker and the others like it.
The heroism shown by the American, British, Canadian, and other allied troops is nearly unimaginable. Each beach had its own story. Read about two of them and link to the rest after the jump. [Read more...]