This Day in History: June 7, 1944
Images show stark contrast between Normandy tourist beaches now and how they looked during invasion.
The exact count of all who perished on June 6 remains a continuous challenge. The identifications of all who perished is virtually impossible.Partial view of Omaha Beach temporary Cemetery established by Third Platoon, 607th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company elements on 7 June 1944. Graves Registration and Engineer Special Brigade medical personnel are recovering and processing American and German dead along the waterline and the beach.
A body struck by an artillery shell could be, essentially, erased, and that’s just one of the possible fates that faced those who went ashore or jumped into Normandy. Seventy years after the landings, the unidentified remains of soldiers killed in the fighting are still being turned up by farmers and amateur archaeologists.”
Source: The Challenge of Counting D-Day's Dead
New York Times from June 7, 1944
“The prevailing opinion in Germany before our entry into war, was, that American was a money hunting nation, too engrossed in the hunt of the dollar to produce a strong military force. But since our troops have been in action the opinion has changed, and he says that though Germany is at present a defeated nation, he believes that they would be victors in a war with any nation in the world with the exemption of the United States.”
—Karl Finkl of Bolingen
Another reason our American flag continues to fly freely...
Just remember the cost! Freedom is NOT free!