The real reason June 6th is important, any year.
Minute by Minute Account of D-Day, courtesy of the
National WWII Museum
17,000 British and American paratroopers and glider troops drop behind German lines into
British Airborne troops take control of bridges over the
and River. Orne Canal
First Navy hands ordered to man battle stations. Landing craft begin to be lowered into the water; on shore, Airborne troops cut phone line and knock down telephone poles.
First bombers take off from bases in
to attack targets around the beachhead. England
03:00 hrs03:09 hrs
More glider troops begin to reinforce Airborne troops.
German radar detects Allied invasion fleet. A dmiral Krancke orders shore batteries to prepare for invasion.
The assault troops begin loading into landing craft.
British capture the Merville battery, clearing the way for troops to land on Sword beach.
Allied bombardment of beaches begins,
U.S.troops land by boats on St. Marcouf, a German-held island just off beach. Utah
German 7th Army HQ informed of heavy Allied bombardment.
Utahand . Omaha Beaches