Issue Date: 06/06/2019
Issue Name: D-Day 75th Anniversary First Day Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare. On D-Day, 6th June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed 'Operation Overlord', the Allied landing on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north west Europe from German occupation.
Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with this limited edition stamps collectable which features the Allied Forces on Juno Beach and the full-set of six stamps plus a special Portsmouth postmark (6th June, 2019).
D-Day began in the early hours of 6th June with aluminium foil being dropped by the RAF at Pas-de-Calais to fool the German radar that the invasion fleet would be arriving elsewhere. The British 6th, American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions began parachute landings, with the British Forces advancing to capture the guns which defended Sword Beach and the important ‘Pegasus’ Bridge across the Orne river.
The American airborne landings were broken up over a wide area by the cloud cover and heavy fire over the Cotentin Peninsula but this served to also confuse the German Army. One of the most important German defences to disable was on Pointe du Hoc, a Ranger battalion was sent to scale the cliffs and then use thermite explosions to disable the guns. Meanwhile, more than 7,000 vessels approached the Normandy coast. These vessels had been boarded at different ports across the south of England, some a full week before the day itself.
The beaches were named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The first to land was the US Forces on Utah beach, slightly south of the intended position but as such, avoided the heavy defences. The US forces on Omaha took many losses as they ran into heavy opposition, close to retreating, General Omar Bradley radioed for permission to withdraw but by the time the message reached Eisenhower, the men had bravely managed to push the Germans back from the bluffs. On Gold, Juno and Sword, the Canadian and British Forces were supported by specialised assault vehicles of the 79th Armoured Division.
Heavy losses occurred on all three beaches as well however they were also able to disable the German defences. In total, D-Day Allied casualties numbered 10,000 with 3,000 dead.
At 18.00 that day, Churchill addressed the House of Commons to announce the success of D-Day with hopes of achieving victory overall.
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