The goal was to achieve a secure foothold into Europe that would later enable Allied forces to overtake German forces.
6,900 vessels… including 4,100 landing craft. …12,000 aircraft… 1,000 transports to fly in the parachute troops; 10,000 tons of bombs… 14,000 attack sorties…
The total number of troops landed on D-Day was around 130,000 – 156,000.
The total troops, vehicles and supplies landed over the period of the invasion were:
- By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies.
- By June 30 (D+24) over 850,000 men, 148,000 vehicles, and 570,000 tons of supplies.
- By July 4 one million men had been landed.
By nightfall on June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but more than 100,000 had made it ashore and secured French coastal villages.
There is no official casualty figure for D-Day. It is estimated that more than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or went missing during the battle. That figure includes more than 209,000 Allied casualties. In addition to roughly 200,000 German troops killed or wounded, the Allies also captured 200,000 soldiers. Captured Germans were sent to American prisoner-of-war camps at the rate of 30,000 per month, from D-Day until Christmas 1944. Between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed during the battle.
“Landing on the coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire are these American soldiers, shown just as they left the ramp of a Coast Guard landing boat. CPhoM. Robert F. Sargent, June 6, 1944. 26-G-2343.”
Image courtesy of http://archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/thumbnails/.
D-Day In Colour
April 20, 2008