Estimated Battle Casualties During The Normandy Invasion  

TTigerAtty 62M
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6/6/2006 2:54 pm

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Estimated Battle Casualties During The Normandy Invasion

Estimated Battle Casualties
Normandy Invasion - 6/6/1944


Germany

30,000 killed, 80,000 wounded, 210,000 missing
Total - 320,000

USA

29,000 killed, 106,000 wounded and missing
Total - 135,000

United Kingdom

11,000 killed, 54,000 wounded and missing
Total - 65,000

Canada

5,000 killed, 13,000 wounded and missing
Total - 18,000

France

12,200 civilian killed and missing

Total Estimated Casualties - 550,200

The exact number of casualities suffered during the D-Day invasion of Normandy on 6/6/1944 will never be known. These figures were pulled off an internet website where they have been assembled from official histories or provided by advisers as estimates upon which general agreement could be expected. They are presented here mainly for purposes of comparison and to give a sense of the scale of the human losses.

When I think of what happened on that long day in June, now sixty-two years ago, and when I look at the staggering casualities, I am at a loss for words to describe the massive carnage and the brave sacrifice of so many valiant men.

My father served as a medic in the U.S. Army and saw the horrors of war first-hand in North Africa and Italy. I have known veterans from my small hometown who landed at Normandy and survived. They have never talked about it very much. They have tried to put painful memories out of mind as much as possible and live their lives in peace. My own father has now passed on, and we are losing WWII veterans everday. If you happen to know an 80+ year old veteran from WWII, today might be a good day to just thank him for his sacrifice during the great world war of his time, the war that was to end all wars.

The picture associated with this post is of The Omaha Beach Memorial, located on a site near one of the now-famous beaches where the Allied Forces landed on D-Day.


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want2play926 45F

6/6/2006 3:57 pm

Those were real men....


micahbiguns 50M

6/6/2006 4:35 pm

Let us never forget there sacrifices!


DrLoveEsoterica 62M
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6/7/2006 12:18 am

TTiger . . . You've heard me talk about my father on your blog before. One thing I haven't mentioned is that he arrived at Normandy one week after D-Day. He served as a supply sargent in the 95th Infantry Division during the Battle for Metz (Germany's most fortified city in France). After the Metz victory (taking only 14 days to do what most tacticians of the day said could not be done at all). . . in November of 1944, his division was pulled back closer to Normandy to rest until the start of the Battle of the Bulge. They were brought up as reserves in late-December and, had Patton's Third Army not broken through when they did, my dad would have been one of the soldiers in the Ardennes in December through January of 1945.

My Dad, like most other veterans of WWII never talked about his experiences during the war. I didn't learn any of this until just a few years ago when I asked him to tell my son about some of his experiences. He slowly got up from his chair, feebly walked to his bedroom and, from an old wooden chest at the foot of his bed he removed a tattered old cardboard box I'd never seen before. Among other things he showed my son that day was the Bronze Star he was awarded for a supply mission he headed up during the Metz offensive. I am still in awe of what he told us that day. I have since read as much as I can about the history of his division. On occasion, I've shared with him some of the things I've read. He acknowledged a few of them . . . "corrected" others, but still remains relatively quiet about it all.

So many of our fathers could tell similar stories, I'm sure. We're losing so many of them at a terribly rapid rate now. Many will carry untold stories to their graves that would rival those that have been made into movies over the years. I am so glad I asked him to talk with my son that day.

I add my sentiment to yours as we quietly watch another year go by marking the anniversary of a true turning point in world history. May our dads never be forgotten, and may our sons and daughters never have to experience anything again like D-Day.

Doc.


tillerbabe 55F

6/7/2006 12:49 am

So this is "copy and paste" thing ..sorry 'bout that - but I'm exhausted.
I'm just drifting in to give you my most humble gratitude for your words. Thank you from the bottom, top, sides and the very center of my heart.


TTigerAtty 62M

6/7/2006 8:18 am

want2play926 - Yes, they were brave young men who did not know much of the world back in 1944. They learned so much so fast! Let us not forget about our brave young men AND women now wearing the uniform and serving so honorably in far away locations. They are our modern day heros, standing guard on our behalf.

Doc - Wow! What a poignant story! Reminded me of my father, also a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. Like your father, my dad wouldn't talk to me in any way that "glorified" war. My mother always dug out the box of medals, pictures and war memorabilia. Dad remained pretty quite. When we would watch a war movie, he would point out his perspective on the war and how it was in his division which served in North Africa and Italy. Christmas Eve was always a tough time for him when I was a kid. I can remember that he drank a bit more heavily on Christmas Eve and this bothered my mother. In recent years, I learned a story about a Christmas Eve in Italy when all but nine guys in his platoon were killed in heaving bombing by the enemy. He was a medic, and so I can only imagine that he held many of these guys as they took their last breaths. Our dads sacrificed so much so that we can have the kind of life we now enjoy!

tillerbabe - I am hoping and praying that everything turns out OK for Brian and you. Thanks for dropping by, TB!


MOfunNOWWOW 55F

6/8/2006 12:30 pm

Neva forget


MOMO
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TTigerAtty 62M

6/9/2006 7:48 am

Never forget is right! We need to educated school children about war for as long as there are school children.


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