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D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Aug 08, 08

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In April and May 1944, the Allied air forces lost nearly 12,000 men and over 2,000 aircraft in operations which paved the way for D-Day.

Total Allied casualties on D-Day are estimated at 10,000, including 2500 dead. British casualties on D-Day have been estimated at approximately 2700. The Canadians lost 946 casualties. The US forces lost 6603 men. Note that the casualty figures for smaller units do not always add up to equal these overall figures exactly, however (this simply reflects the problems of obtaining accurate casualty statistics).

The breakdown of US casualties was 1465 dead, 3184 wounded, 1928 missing and 26 captured. Of the total US figure, 2499 casualties were from the US airborne troops (238 of them being deaths). The casualties at Utah Beach were relatively light: 197, including 60 missing. However, the US 1st and 29th Divisions together suffered around 2000 casualties at Omaha Beach.

These are staggering numbers I pulled from a website on D Day. No one will ever know for sure how many brave men we lost on D Day and those months leading up to the invasion. Ambrose details countless stories of the soldiers who participated in the invasion. The battle to take Omaha Beach was the worst and left me numb.

Ambrose was a great historian.
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