The United States military uses the term D-day as a start date for field operations. There are many D-day dates in history but the most famous is the one that occurred on June 6, 1944.
Another code word for the beginning of an operation by the armed forces is H-hour. These two terms began to be in popular use during World War I.
The most famous D-day occurred in 1944. Operation Overload is another name for the event. This D-day began what was to result in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control. The Battle of Normandy is also a name for the event.Learn More
The main countries involved in D-Day on the side of the Allies were the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. There were also troops from Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland. The only country in the Axis Powers to participate in the battle was Germany.Full Answer >
D-Day was important for several reasons. The most important reason was that it marked the first time in the war that Allied troops threatened Germany's control of Europe. Up until then, the fighting had been taking place very far away from the German border.Full Answer >
The June 6, 1944 landing operations in Normandy, codenamed "Operation Neptune" and known as "D-Day," were undertaken by the Western Allies in an effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. The Normandy landings were the largest seaborne invasion in history at the time.Full Answer >
It is estimated that there were between 14,000 and 19,000 casualties on the initial day of the invasion of Normandy. Allied forces suffered the greatest number with approximately 10,000 casualties. The Germans suffered between 4,000 and 9,000 casualties.Full Answer >