1. D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history, with over 156,000 men landing in Normandy.
  2. D-Day was originally set for June 5 but had to be postponed for 24 hours due to bad weather.
  3. In military terms, D-Day means a date and H-Hour a time for combat operations.
  4. When the D-Day forces landed, Hitler was asleep. None of his generals dared send re-enforcements without his permission, and no-one dared wake him.
  5. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men, while Allied casualties were at least 10,000.
  6. Civilian casualties on D-Day and D+1
    are estimated at 3,000 people.
  7. 4% of the sand on Normandy beaches are still made up of metal particles from D-Day landings.
  8. In 1944, by a huge coincidence, a crossword puzzle was printed with answers all containing D-Day operation "code names", which sent MI-5 into a panic thinking their invasion plans had been discovered.
  9. In 1942, the Canadians and the British Navy launched a practice invasion of France, the "Dieppe Raid." 20% were killed, 10% wounded, 30% captured. The lessons learned in that disaster lead to D-Day's success.
  10. J.D. Salinger arrived in Normandy on D-Day carrying with him a work in progress: "Catcher in the Rye".
  11. Theodore Roosevelt Jr was the only General involved in the initial assault on D-Day, after insisting to his superiors to be one of the first ones off the boats. He survived, then died of a heart attack one month later.
  12. The actor who played "Scotty" on Star Trek was shot 6 times on D-Day: 4 times in the leg, one in the chest and one through his finger.
  13. The German airforce was outnumbered 30:1 on D-Day and didn't shoot down a single allied plane in air-to-air combat.
  14. On the night of the D-Day invasion, only 15% of paratroopers landed in the right place.
  15. To plan for D-Day, the BBC ran a competition for French beach holiday photographs as a way of gathering intelligence on suitable beaches.
  16. The Allies parachuted dummies over Normandy on D-day to distract Nazi gunners from the real paratroopers.
  17. From 12 March 1944, Britain barred all travel to Ireland in order to prevent the leaking of the date of the D-Day landings.
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