In Two Short Weeks We Will Recognize The 67th anniversary of Operation Overlord, D-Day!
by Dick Avery
In the pre-dawn darkness of June 6th, 1944, over 12,000 aircraft and 6,900 ships, ferrying over 13,000 vehicles and 150,000 men converged on the Normandy coastline in northwest France. Allied forces slogged ashore on five separate beaches and included Brits, Canadians, Americans, Free French and Poles. Objective: Establish a beachhead from which the Allies would mount the knock-out punch to put Hitler and the Nazis out of business!
Facing the Allies was the “most professional army of modern times”, the Wehrmacht, commanded by “The Desert Fox”, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. He knew if his army could not contain the Allies on the beaches, the war for Germany would be, for all intents and purposes, over. The Wehrmacht fought back ferociously; casualties were high on both sides. Overlord was to be one of the bloodiest battles of WWII.
These men gave new meaning to the words “bravery” and “valor”!
You can relive the action in my book, “A Day in Normandy”. Follow the journey of PFC Harry Calhoun, rifleman, Company A, 116th Regimental Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division. A recent high school graduate from a small town, he enlists in the Army to avoid the draft. You will follow him from Army induction through basic training, the trip to England and finally, early one morning in full combat gear, struggling ashore in the first wave at Omaha Beach (later to become known as “bloody Omaha”).
Find out why these guys were later referred to as “the greatest generation”!
Click here to get a copy of the e-book or go to www.lulu.com and put my name (Dick Avery) in the search box. It’ll take you right to it! If you like it, tell your friends.
A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the terrific WWII Museum in New Orleans.
And, on June 6th, take a moment to reflect on the price that was paid (and is being paid!) for the freedoms we enjoy!
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