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D-Day. Itís hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlerís dream of Nazi domination. It was the largest air, land, and sea invasion ever undertaken, including over 5,000 ships, 10,000 airplanes, and 250,000 service men and women.

June 6, 1944. After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for most American soldiers it all came down to this...the boat ramp goes down... jump, swim, run, crawl to the cliffs. The seasick and overwhelmed young men ó many of them not yet 20 years old ó were unloaded into deep water carrying eighty pounds of equipment. They faced a distance of over 200 yards of treacherous beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by machine-gun and rifle fire. Big shells streaking by and mortars thudding into the sand. Caught in a cross-fire of explosives and bullets from all sides.

Tales of loss and heroism are as countless as the grains of sand on the Normandy coast.

When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered 9,758 casualties; 6,603 Americans were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, but mostly due to sheer courage and determination, they won.

June 6, 1944. D-Day forever changed the course of history. Yet in the United States there is no National Memorial to D-Day.

 

1. What was the date of D-Day?

July 4, 1944; August 9, 1945; June 6, 1944, December 7, 1941

2. Who was Allied Supreme Commander in the European Theater?

George Patton, Omar Bradley, Douglas McArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower

3. Which is not a name for an invasion beach?

Utah, Nebraska, Gold, Juno

4. Which of the Allies that landed on D-Day captured Paris?

The British, The Polish, The French, The United States

5. Where were the Germans expecting the Allied invasion?

Nice, Toulouse, Calais, Avignon

6. Who said the following about D-Day "The history of war does not know of an undertaking comparable to it for breadth of conception, grandeur of scale, and mastery of execution"?

Joseph Stalin, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Gomer Pyle

7. Most German bunkers were made primarily out of?

Concrete, wood, sand, mud

8. What is another name for a Higgens boat?

LCVP; LST, BAR, DUKW

9. Who was the oldest general in the first attack wave during D-Day?

George Patton, Ervin Rommell, Theodore Rooselvelt, Jr., Norman Cota

10. The invasion beaches where in which country?

France, Spain, Italy, Germany

 

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