On June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces invaded Normandy from the sea. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Germans were occupying France and most of western Europe, and D-Day led to the restoration of the French Republic and was a large reason for the Allied victory in WWII.
But it was not without a heavy cost. According to the D-Day Museum website, "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."
Senator Jeff Flake Commemorates D-Day
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released the following statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day:
“Seventy years on, nothing inspires awe and gratitude like listening to veterans share memories of D-Day,” said Flake. “On this solemn anniversary, we thank those veterans who put everything on the line for their country and honor those who are no longer with us.”
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake greets an Honor Flight of World War II veterans from Arizona at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2014.
Editor's Note: If others release comments regarding D-Day, we will add them to this article.