In the predawn hours of June 6, 1944, 160,000 brave young members of the greatest generation jumped off heaving landing craft, waded through the choppy and dangerous waters of the English Channel, faced curtains of bullets from the cliffs above, stepped over deadly booby traps hidden in the sands of the Normandy beaches, and began the final campaign for Allied Victory in Europe.
As CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London notes, "D-Day was the beginning of the end for Nazism, and 73 years later, we remember the heroism, sacrifices, and dedication to freedom of all the courageous troops who sacrificed to make this possible."
The invasion of Normandy was the culmination of months of planning, deception, and technological feats on behalf of the multinational forces involved in the invasion. In the wake of the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943 that halted Hitler’s expansionist plans into Europe, the Allies were determined to end the war on the continent, and force a German surrender. The United States, together with our Allies, hatched a multipronged strategic plan to invade the north of France, and from there march on Paris, pushing the Nazis back across the German border.