June 06, 2012

June 6th is D-Day, But What Does "D-Day" Mean?

On June 6th, in 1944, the Allied forces' Normandy landings took place.  This event is commonly referred to as "D-Day", and most people assume that "D-Day" only refers to the Normandy landings.  In fact, "D-Day" is just a generic military term, usually referring to the start of an assault or a military campaign, and there are many different "D-Days". The precise name for the Normandy landings was "Operation Neptune", which was only a part of "Operation Overlord".

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