Sixty Nine years ago today, June the 6th 1944, an event occurred which played a major part in ending the Second World War.
The “D” does not stand for “Deliverance”, “Doom”, “Debarkation”, “Death” or anything resembling the terms that have attached themselves to it over the years..
In fact, it does not stand for anything.
The “D” is derived from the word “Day”. “D-Day” means the day on which a military operation begins. The term “D-Day” has been used for many different operations, but it is now generally only used to refer to the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
So how is this momentous day in our recent history marked?
The French do not and will not forget the sacrifice of those men who perished on that day, and during the subsequent Battle of Normandy which claimed more than 425,000 lives on both sides.
So where is the UK mainstream media coverage?
Today’s front pages mostly ran with the ‘attempted’ suicides of Stephen Fry and Paris Jackson, and the possibility that Wayne Rooney may stay at Manchester United catered for the more intelligent reader.
Get used to it folks, because while you continue to sit back and obediently accept the gradual erasure of our history, at the same time greedily swallowing the daily diet of celebrity-led vacuous drivel, how can you expect things to get any better?
But never mind, Jeremy Kyle will be on soon eh?
“Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces. Of the Allied casualties, 83,045 were from 21st Army Group (British, Canadian and Polish ground forces), 125,847 from the US ground forces. The losses of the German forces during the Battle of Normandy can only be estimated. Roughly 200,000 German troops were killed or wounded. The Allies also captured 200,000 prisoners of war (not included in the 425,000 total, above). During the fighting around the Falaise Pocket (August 1944) alone, the Germans suffered losses of around 90,000, including prisoners”.