On this day June 6th 1944 over 150,000 allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Nomandy. The soldiers were from the US, Canada, UK, Poland, France, Australia, New Zealand and a mixture of other occupied countries. The night before saw some 24,000 paratroopers land behind enemy lines with most missing their target. Many were killed injured or captured. Just how much good they did is debatable. Unfortunately for the allied landing forces, the Germans had spent four years fortifying those beaches in anticipation of an invasion by building an Atlantic Wall. The wall was dotted with heavy guns and "pill boxes" which had an unobstructed view of the beaches. The waves of soldiers who land suffered heavy losses. Many soldiers drowned because they were weighted down by their back packs. And unlike the movies the landing crafts landed short and amphibious tanks that were supposed to help mostly just sank taking it's crews with it. Hope you are spurred on to not just say a silent prayer but to read more. Lest we forget.