Diary June 6, 1944

US 1st Infantry Division lands at the bloody Omaha Beach

The US 1st Infantry Division lands at the bloody Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day.

World War One Diary for Tuesday, June 6, 1944:

Sea War

D-DAY – ALLIED INVASION OF NORMANDY (Operation Overlord): Operation Neptune amphibious phase of Overlord. At dawn 50 convoys begin landing 5 divisions of Allied Expedition Forces (US, British and Canadian troops) on ‘Utah’, ‘Omaha’, ‘Gold’, ‘Juno’ and ‘Sword’ beaches.
3 escort carriers, 16 Support Groups and 2 destroyer squadrons scour Western Approaches to the Channel for U-boats.
Pacific: 3 Japanese destroyers sunk by US submarine Harder (June 6-8).

Western Front

Normandy: AEF (Allied Expedition Forces) meets slight resistance, except on ‘Omaha Beach’ where 1st US Infantry Division suffers severe losses. 21st Panzer Division counter-attacks’ between ‘Juno’ and ‘Sword’ late in the day.

Air War

Western Europe: Allied Air Forces fly 14,674 sorties over Normandy up to midnight June 6-7 (Luftwaffe flies c. 100 sorties). RAF Coastal Command maintains continuous patrols over eastern and western approaches to English Channel. 250 gliders land reinforcements and supplies for British 6th Airborne Division.

Occupied Territories

France: De Gaulle broadcasts to French people.

Home Fronts

Britain: The King broadcasts.
Romania: Death of Colonel Josef Beck, ex-Polish Foreign Minister; aged 49.

D-Day Forces
British and Canadians US Germans
Battleships 7 (incl US) =
Cruisers 23 (incl US) =
Destroyers 105 (incl US) =
Auxiliary ships 736 (incl US) =
Merchantmen 864 (with 195,701 sailors; incl US) =
Heavy bombers 3,467 (incl US) =
Medium bombers 1,645 (incl US) = (incl in fighters)
Fighters 5,409 (incl US) = 345 (incl bombers)
Transport planes 2,355 (incl US) =
Gliders 867 (incl US) =
AIRCRAFTS TOTAL 13,743 (incl US) = 345
Ground troops 75,215 57,500 c. 50,000 (5 divisions)
Airborne troops 7,900 15,500
Armored Vehicles 900 ? 100
Guns 600 ? c. 250

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