Liberating Europe
LIBERATINGEUROPE
From D-Day to Berlin: The Allied Liberation of Europe
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his section has interviews with war veterans who were directly or indirectly involved with the Allied invasion of Europe, and the subsequent battle for Normandy, beginning with the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944.

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The testimonies were taken from the men themselves using a voice recorder, and appear here in the way they were delivered.

The language is how it was spoken at the time, and pauses, laughs, and other clues to how the speaker was feeling during the interview have been left intact.

Sincere thanks go to the veterans who fought for our freedom.

The Battle for Normandy

The information below is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Allied Powers Nazi Germany
Commanders Commanders
Dwight D. Eisenhower (Supreme Allied Commander)
Bernard Montgomery (land)
Bertram Ramsay (sea)
Trafford Leigh-Mallory (air)
Gerd von Rundstedt (OB WEST)
Erwin Rommel (Heeresgruppe B)
 
Strength Strength
326,000 (by June 11th 1944) Unknown
 
Casualties Casualties
53,700 dead,
18,000 missing,
155,000 wounded
About 200,000 dead, wounded and missing,
200,000 captured
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The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between the German forces occupying Western Europe and the invading Allied forces as part of the larger conflict of World War II.

Over sixty years later, the Normandy invasion, codenamed Operation OVERLORD, still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy in then German-occupied France.

The majority of the Allied forces was composed of Canadian, French, British and United States units.

Other countries including Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland also took a major part.

The Normandy invasion began with overnight airborne paratrooper and glider landings, massive air attacks and naval bombardments, and an early morning amphibious assault on June 6, 'D-day'.

The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, with campaigns to establish, expand, and eventually break out of the Allied beachheads.

It concluded with the liberation of Paris and the fall of the Chambois pocket.

The Interviews

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