D- Day an in depth look

Dakota Roseman & Jonathan Church

On June 6 1944 more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on a heavily guarded 50 ft mile French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.

Gold Beach

Middle of the five D-Day beaches, within the hour of Utah and Omaha the beach was swarmed. Germans had robust resistance.

Aerial defense wiped out most of the resistance

Utah Beach

Added after the 11th hour put the allies within the striking distance of the port city of Cherbourg

Paratroopers used to get behind enemy lines many died due to gear

Omaha Beach

Surrounded by steep cliffs and heavily defended, Omaha was the bloodiest of the D- Day beach battles in WWII, Roughly 2,400 U.S. troops turning up dead, wounded, or missing during the Omaha beach battle.

Juno Beach

Allied landing craft struggled with rough seas and mines. Canadian soldiers were cut down in droves from germans.

Sword Beach

Around midnight, British troops airborne troops along with a battalion of Canadians, dropped behind enemy lines to secure the invasions eastern flank, just as the Americans were doing near Utah. Within minutes, they had taken hold of Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal and nearby Horsa Bridge over the river Orne.

The Cost of Battle

Although the landings saw limited casualties compared to all the men put ashore, the second weeks saw some of the toughest fighting. 

Ranville Cemetery contains 2,235 British & Commonwealth servicemen of WWII, 97 remain unknown. also buried there are 330 German Graves, along with few other nationalities

Omaha Beach contains graves for 9,387 US soldiers.

Statistics of D-Day 

Nearly 12,00 allied aircraft's supported the Normandy landings, 14,674 were flown on D-Day, and 127 were lost at battles. By the end of the fifth day 326,547 allied troops had landed on the shores of Normandy, With 54,186 vehicles and 104,000 tons of supplies.

Medical Advances

Antibiotics was no doubt one of the greatest medical advances of the 20th century. Dr. Howard Florey had taken up study of antibiotics in May of 1940 was the first test on a living creature. Florey saw a valuable contribution to the war in using penicillin, Florey turned the Dunn School into a penicillin factory using baths, bedpans, milk churns, and food tins 700 new bespoke vessels were designed.

British Government were running out of resources due to the war with Germany and thus turned to the United States for for assistance.

The very first human trial proven successful in 1943 and made penicillin the most effective antibacterial agent 

As production was increased, it went from priceless to $20 per dose in 1943 then to $0.55 by 1946

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