World Marks D-Day 70th Anniversary
The world marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the largest landing of troops by sea in history.
On June 6, 1944, around 160,000 Allied troops landed on the French coast of Normandy – in an operation to defeat the Nazi German army and liberate Europe. Around 3,000 of them would lose their lives on this day, while another 9,000 were wounded or missing.
World leaders are gathering in France to commemorate the anniversary. Among them are Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Vladimir Putin. They will first be received for lunch at the Chateau Benouville in Normandy, by French President Francois Hollande.
On Thursday, the Royal Marines and Royal Navy staged a recreation of the massive invasion, while veterans gathered to watch an aerial display performed by the Red Arrows.
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The number of western Allies' war personnel continuously rose up to 2,5 milions. However I agree that the fights in the East were more severe. The Soviet military losses are estimated at 17 millions soldiers alone. A huge loss of life, and rather not really necessary to win the war. It was the issue of tactics though, the Soviet generals, and particularly marshall Zhukov were under direct pressure by Stalin to go as far and as fast to the West as possible so they did not take care about losses. The siege of Berlin alone costed 70.000 lives on Soviet side, plus about 5.000 Poles fighting in the pro-communist Polish People's Army under Soviet command. It was not necessary because in 1945 everyone knew that the Germans could not win the war and it would had been enough just to surround the city. It is again Stalin who wanted to have th planned "Eastern Bloc" extended as far to the West as possible. BTW, Poles were fighting on Allied side on both the western and the eastern fronts, ca. 500,000 soldiers altogether, and there were no collaborating Polish forces on Axis side (i.e. no "ass licking").
My irony was about D-Day as the start, following the Novinite' evaluation, of the "operation to defeat the Nazi German army and liberate Europe".
-number of German divisions/troops on the border with USSR[Eastern Front], June,22,1941---181/7,8mln
- German losses (troops, aviation, artillery, tanks, other military technics) on "Eastern Front", from June,22, 1941 till May,8,1945: ~75% of the total German losses on all WWII fronts, including "Western[Second] Front;
- total number of German military losses on the Eastern Front: ~6mln persons.
- number of German divisions/troops on the Western [Second] Front, France, June,5,1944: 39/~1,5 mln
- number of the Allied divisions/troops on the Western Front, June,5-July,24,1944: 76/~3mln
- total number of German military losses on the Western Front: ~0,5mln persons.
160,000 Allied troops for defeating the Nazi German army and liberating Europe? With all sincere respect, dear Novinite, it's "Senokos"/~ Hay-making/