Saturday, June 06, 2009
American GI's and dead Germans in a French town, 1944
Sixty-fifth anniversary of the D-Day landings and the successful establishment of the long-awaited "second front" in WWII.
As agreed at the Tehran-Conference in 1943, the Soviets were to launch a large scale offensive on the Eastern front within two weeks of the Normandy landings - Operation "Bagration".
At the end of these campaigns, both the western-allies and the Soviets would be positioned within a thousand Kilometers from Berlin.
Panzer Sdkfz 251/1
Destroyed in Normandy, 1944. Note the heavy foliage covering.
Allied air-superiority during and after the D-Day landings made the movement of German armoured forces nearly impossible in daylight.