05 June 2014
Australians at D-Day
Overall there were around 3,000 Aussies involved in the landings, a large proportion of whom were aircrew. Small biscuits in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of Allied servicemen involved, but it is good to know there was an Aussie presence at this key moment in history.
The Royal Australian Navy historical pamphlet series Semaphore has this week published a small piece detailing key Aussies who were part of OPERATION NEPTUNE. You can d/l it for free here:
There is more information regarding Australian servicemen at D-Day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_contribution_to_the_Battle_of_Normandy
Of course, erudite readers will know that today is the 70th Anniversary of the planned D-Day landings, the actual operation being delayed by high winds and heavy seas until 6 June.