D-Day (6/6) Plus 70 years!
Seventy years ago today, the largest sea borne invasion in history was launched by Allied soldiers in Normandy, France. Overnight, a military armada with more than 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel on more than 2,300 landing crafts. At 6:30 AM, troops began storming the shore on a 60-mile front.
Known as “D-Day,” the battle was code name Operation Overlord. However, it would not have been successful without Operation Bodyguard, one of history’s greatest military deceptions. More than a dozen German spies in Britain had been discovered, arrested, and turned into double agents now working for the Allies. They were used to inform Hitler that the Allies were planning to invade at the Pas-de-Calais region, 150 miles northeast of Normandy and the point closest to Great Britain.
The Allies created a largely phantom fighting force led by George Patton, the general most feared by Germany. They built dummy aircraft and an armada of decoy landing crafts, and deployed inflatable Sherman tanks. The ruse worked—Hitler sent forces to Calais that would have been instrumental in combating the Normandy invasion.
We owe an inestimable debt to the soldiers who fought and died to defend our freedom this day. Please take time today to pray for D-Day veterans and their families. And consider how you can learn from their example and continue their mission.
Before the D-Day invasion began, General Eisenhower spoke words to his troops which are now inscribed on the National World War II Memorial: “You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you . . . I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” Can you hear your Lord say the same to you today? (D.J.Saker)