The BBC has a piece on their website, "10 Things You Might Not Know About the Normandy Invasion". You gotta love the Brits. In America, this would say "10 Things You Don't Know About The Normandy Invasion" but the Brits say "You Might Not Know". So like the British, don't you think?
Forgive my amusement over that wording, now let's be serious.
Have any of you seen the film "Band of Brothers"? (The book is by Stephen Ambrose and is one that I recommend.) Those men were trained in Toccoa, Georgia and I grew up hearing about them and knowing that anyone in that small town had great respect for those young men who trained to be paratroopers. They took their motto from the one tall mountain in Toccoa, "Currahee", which means "we stand alone". They used that motto, because they were truly alone, parachuting into Europe before the landings on Normandy.
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I knew most of the facts that they gave you but I did not know these...
1) As early as 1942, the BBC asked for photos and post cards from the coast of Europe. Millions of photos were sent in! It was a way of gathering intelligence to ascertain the most suitable spots for landing beaches.
2) Rommel's shoes... The German commander did not believe that there would be an invasion. He went home to give his wife a pair of shoes for her birthday.
3) Smashed toilets...The vibration of HMS Belfast's guns firing was so powerful, it cracked the toilets in the crew's cabins.
4)Pub Test....Terence Otway was given the top secret mission to attack the Merville Battery. He had to be sure his men would not tell a soul. He sent 30 women from the Women's Auxillary Air Force dressed in civilian clothes into village pubs in the area where the men were in training. The women were asked to do all they they could do to get the men to talk. None of the men gave the secret away.
I had the honor of speaking with many veterans of World War II when I worked as a travel agent in the 1980's and 1990's. Many of them have passed away now. 75 years now since 1944. We should never forget them.