Sunday, 18 August, 2019

World marks 75th anniversary of D-Day and the allied invasion of Normandy

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The invasion began shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944 - D-Day - with the deployment of about 24,000 paratroopers, followed at dawn by a full-scale assault, as infantry and armoured divisions landed along 80 kilometres of Normandy coastline.

Tom Rice, a 97-year-old USA 101st Airborne paratrooper veteran, participated in the honorary jump with 200 other parachuters.

Tom Rice took the plunge alongside some 200 other parachutists in honor of the airborne soldiers in the June 6, 1944 allied invasion.

Read recognized that a jump for someone his age could be risky: "I said my prayers about it and to my great my great surprise it seemed as though God was saying to me, "Go for it".

Over 150,000 US troops launched a multi-pronged attack onto the beaches of Normandy, right into the teeth of Germany's defenses in northern France on June 6, 1944.

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With the number of D-Day survivors dwindling fast, Rice said, "I represent a whole generation". But the stars of the show were the elderly veterans of that campaign who said they were surprised by all the attention: They were just doing their jobs. "It bothers us all the time for what we did". D-Day was when the Allies invaded Nazi-held northern France during World War II.

"The Normandy landing did not have a decisive impact on the outcome of World War Two and the Great Patriotic War".

Radford will use any money raised from the success of the single to fund the construction of a British Normandy Memorial, featuring the names of the 22,442 men and women serving under British command who died that day. The Battle of Normandy, codenamed Operation Overlord, was a turning point in the war, and helped bring about Nazi Germany's defeat in May 1945.

Also expected are presidents, prime ministers and other representatives of the countries that fought alongside Britain: the U.S., Canada, Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

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