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Some facts and figures about the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, France

June 05, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Facts and figures about the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy:

Target: Allies land on French channel coast along five Normandy beaches stretching about 80 kilometres west from River Orne.

Beaches: (west to east) Utah (U.S.); Omaha (U.S.); Gold (Britain); Juno (Canada); Sword (Britain).

Features of Juno: Eight-kilometre strip of summer resorts and villages scattered over flat land behind low beaches and a sea wall. Many Canadians in first wave race to cover of sea wall. D Company of Queen's Own Rifles loses heavily in initial sprint from water to seawall, about 180 metres.

Enemy at Juno: About 400 soldiers of German 716th Infantry Division man concrete gun positions sited to fire along beach. Zones of fire calculated to interlock on coastal obstacles made to rip bottoms out of invading boats. Gun positions protected by mines, trenches, barbed wire.

Ships: More than 7,000 vessels manned by 285,000 sailors. Royal Canadian Navy contributes 110 ships and 10,000 sailors.

Soldiers: 130,000 ashore by nightfall, including about 18,000 Canadians.

Vehicles: 6,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles and 600 guns land.

Planes: More than 7,000 bombers and fighters available. Allied planes fly about 14,000 sorties June 6, against about 250 by Luftwaffe.

D-Day casualties: (killed, wounded and missing): In two and a half months of Normandy campaign (June 6-Aug. 21) Germans lose 450,000 soldiers, Allies 210,000. Canadian casualties total more than 18,000, including more than 5,000 dead.

Allied leaders: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force. Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain), Field Commander, D-Day Forces.

Canadian leaders: Gen. Harry Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army. Maj.-Gen. Rod Keller, Commander 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

Divisions involved: Canadian 3rd Infantry Division; British 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions; U.S. 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions. (All had armoured units attached.)

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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