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D-DAY INVASION / June 6, 1944 : THE INVASION OF NORMANDY : BY THE NUMBERS

Breakdown of 153,500-man invasion force.

U.S.: 46%

British and Canadian: 54%

Casualties: The number of American casualties on D-day compare to other massive U.S. battles (includes dead, wounded, missing or captured):

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Tet Offensive (first week): 3,173

D-day (first 24 hours): 6,603

Pearl Harbor: 3,681

Chancellorsville (Civil War): 29,600

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Gettysburg: 43,400

Chickamauga: 34,700

Number of troops they commanded

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (June 6, 1944): 2.50 million

Gen. John Pershing (Nov. 11, 1918): 1.88 million

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (June, 1864): 0.50

Ships: More than 5,000 ships--from battleships to landing craft--carried, escorted and landed the assault force on the Normandy coast.

To Find Out More

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“D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II,” Stephen Ambrose

“Crusade in Europe,” Dwight Eisenhower

“The Invasion of France and Germany,” Samuel Eliot Morison

“The Rommel Papers,” Erwin Rommel (edited by B.H. Liddell Hart)

“The Longest Day: June 6, 1944,” Cornelius Ryan

“The Longest Day: June 6, 1944,” Cornelius Ryan

“Six Armies In Normandy,” John Keegan

“Voices of D-Day: The Story of the Allied Invasion Told by Those Who Were There,” edited by Ronald J. Drez

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“Assault on Normandy: First Person Accounts from the Sea Services,” edited by Paul Stillwell.

“Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper’s Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich,” David Kenyon Webster

“D-Day With The Screaming Eagles,” George E. Koskimaki

“Overlord: D-Day, June 6, 1944,” Max Hastings

“D-Day,” Warren Tute

Sources: Atlanta Journal; “D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II,” by Stephen E. Ambrose; Associated Press; “D-Day,” by Warren Tute; “The D-Day Encyclopedia”; American History magazine; U.S. Army Center of Military History; “Decision in Normandy”; Encyclopaedia Britannica.


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