At 06:30 am on Tuesday June 6, 1944 Operation Neptune or D-Day (amphibious assault) is unleashed along a 60 mile stretch of coast between the Cotentin Peninsula and the Orne River in Normandy, France. The invasion on the shores of Normandy were part of Operation Overlord (Allied invasion of Normandy). Overlord was an Allied military operation of unprecedented scale, with an amphibious assault from Allied troops on the beaches combined with Allied airborne operations behind enemy lines inland. The amphibious assault focused on five separate beaches in Normandy codenamed Omaha, Utah (American sector), Gold, Sword (British sector), and Juno (Canadian sector). At the end of the day small beachheads had been secured. It would turn out to be the turning point of World War 2 in western Europe.
They were all heroes in my eyes. Some of them are featured on my website. Some of them I knew personally. Not just veterans of D-Day are featured but veterans of the entire war. Also Holocaust survivors and civilian stories are featured on my website. Never forget that so many men and women gave all for your freedom!
“Get it all on record now get the films get the witnesses, because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”
Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is a public holiday in the Netherlands celebrated each year on 5 May to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. It follows the Remembrance of the Dead (Dodenherdenking) on 4 May. The nation was liberated by Canadian forces, British infantry divisions, the British I Corps, the 1st Polish Armoured Division, American, Belgian, Dutch and Czechoslovak troops. Parts of the country, in particular the south-east, were liberated by the British Second Army which included American and Polish airborne forces (see Operation Market Garden) and French airbornes (see Operation Amherst). On 5 May 1945 the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. One day later the capitulation document was signed in the auditorium of Wageningen University located next door.
On 5 May 1945, General Foulkes, commander of the 1st Canadian Army, drew up an official surrender act. He summoned the German general Blaskowitz to sign the capitulation. Prince Bernhard, acting as commander-in-chief of the Dutch Interior Forces was also present at the meeting.
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