Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion during WWII. Code-named "Operation Overlord," it was a massive, risky undertaking. Approximately 165,000 Allied soldiers landed on those beaches over the course of the invasion.
My great-uncle, James Haack, was one of them.
Even before I knew that I had a family connection to it, I had a fondness for learning about this particular slice of WWII. I got really interested in it 25 years ago, when lots of classic WWII movies were released to VHS to mark its 50th anniversary. That's when my interest in the 1940s and the history of WWII really took off, in fact.
Anyway, here we are, all gathered together to celebrate and remember this remarkable day and the heroic efforts of those involved in the second world war. Participants, please leave a link to your contributions either on this post or on Eva's post, and we'll add you to the official roster! Thank you for joining us.
The Military Career of Flight Lt. James Doohan
at Wide Screen World
Band of Brothers episode "Day of Days" (2001)
at Trekking Thru Hobbit Holes
What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? (1983)
at Taking Up Room
Overview of Garrison's Gorillas (1967-68)
at Allison's Well
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Combat! pilot episode "A Day in June" (1962)
at Movies Meet Their Match