At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.
I'm very disappointed, and I hate leaving the world feeling this way.
Pvt. Jack Port, now 97, on the state of the world currently
Ao desembarque e a todos os movimento associados foi dado o nome de código de Operação Neptuno. O objetivo de estabelecer uma testa de ponte que desse acesso ao noroeste francês. A operação tinha sido pensada para o dia anterior mas devido ao mau tempo foi adiado para 6 de junho.
Ao todo, 83 115 soldados ingleses e canadianos, mais 73 000 do exército americano desembarcaram na costa da Normandia num espaço de 80 quilómetros das praias ao qual deram nomes de código de Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno e Sword (...)
Entre as cinco praias, Utah foi onde se registaram menos baixas: 197 homens foram foram mortos ou feridos.
Omaha foi onde se sofreu mais baixas, 2 400 soldados norte-americanos foram mortos.
Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.
Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.