Friday, June 7, 2013

6 June 1944: German Soldiers Captured In Normandy

German soldiers captured in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The German soldiers in the photograph were just kids, much younger than the American soldiers holding them captive.

The afternoon of June 6, 1944, in Normandy was beautiful: clear, warm and sunny. The bad weather of that morning had abated by midday.

This worked to the advantage of the Allies.

American aircraft had total command of the skies and could attack fixed or moving targets with impunity. One result was that German reinforcements—men and materiel—could not move in from inland until darkness set.

By that time, the Allies were firmly on the Continent . . . more than 160,000 of them . . . and they were not going to budge.

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