Fourteen thousand Canadians landed on Juno Beach. Their determination and courage allowed victory in those most critical hours. 340 men lost their lives and 574 were wounded. The Canadian 3rd Division penetrated further into France on D Day than any other division.
Saturday, June 6
The Canadians on D Day
On June 6, 1944, Britain, Canada and the US Allied armies landed on the coast of Normandy. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach where they stormed ashore, seeking victory. The Germans were fierce opposition, sweeping the beach with machine gun fire. The Canadians braved the storm and, while fighting hand-to-hand, infiltrated enemy territory and made their way into the towns of Bernieres, Courseulles and St. Aubin. From there they moved inland and secured a critical bridgehead for the invasion. This victory was a turning point in WWII and lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the Liberation of Europe.
Hats off to the men and women (yes, 50,000 women) who served Canada on D Day and throughout WWII. They were all heroes and if not for their bravery and courage, Canada and the world would be a much different place today. We must never forget.
Photos courtesy of the National Archives of Canada
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