Still, by D-day, Belfer says, “penicillin—mass-produced in America—was in the pack of every medic who went ashore.”
Garbo emerged from D-day as the greatest double-agent of the war, perhaps of all time.
But for the one who was blindsided when the papers were served and had no intention of ever signing, D-day is a catastrophe.
D-day was the first successful opposed landing on French territory—the country was held by the Nazis—in over 800 years.
D-day used to drink too much alcohol, though today his drug of choice is NyQuil.
A few years ago I attended a party for World War II veterans at a friend's home on the anniversary of D-day.
Pre-eminent naval historian Craig L. Symonds talks about how the Allies devised, executed, and then survived the D-day invasion.
There is a tendency to conceive of the Allied landings on D-day as a single event, but in fact it was just the first step.
The historian Andrew Roberts on how June 6, 1944, came to be chosen for D-day.
The D-day landings marked the final and long anticipated leap from England across the Channel to the Continent.
1918, "date set for the beginning of a military operation," with D as an abbreviation of day, cf. H-hour, also from the same military order of Sept. 7, 1918:
The First Army will attack at H-Hour on D-Day with the object of forcing the evacuation of the St. Mihiel salient. [Field Order No. 8, First Army, A.E.F.]"They designate the day and hour of the operation when the day and hour have not yet been determined, or where secrecy is essential" [U.S. Army Center of Military History Web site]. Now almost exclusively of June 6, 1944.
The code name for the first day of a military attack, especially the American and British invasion of German-occupied France during World War II on June 6, 1944 (see invasion of Normandy). This marked the beginning of the victory of the Allies in Europe. Germany surrendered less than a year later.