BEACH ATTACKThe 2nd. Canadian Armoured Brigade and the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, would then make their assault on “Juno Beach”. These brave men were combined military units from all over Canada.
Canadians forces launched an assault on a beach named code Juno. The British forces would assault on beaches, Sword and Gold, while the Americans would attack two beaches under the code-names Omaha and Utah. An armada of ships numbering around 6,900, that included 110 Warships from Canada advanced along the coastline close to daybreak. Many of the young soldiers were overwhelmed by awesome power of it all. The first waves landing crafts descended upon the beaches only after an Arial bombardment commenced by the Naval ships onto the German defenses along the shoreline. The landing crafts were jam packed with soldiers with anticipation of the impending attack.. Often the soldiers were already sea sick, by the time they had reached the shores. The attacking soldiers met with heavy resistance, despite the Arial bombardment that took place before they had arrived. The enemy barricades would withstand the Arial assault, resulting in the invasion meeting heavy force as they landed ashore on the beaches. The men had to work their way through chest high water before they even reached the beach, and many lost their lives in the water as they failed to evade the cascade of bullets that came towards them. The most severe resistance that was met was on Omaha beach. The American soldiers tried their hardest to make their way across a vast area of sand, only to have to scale high bluffs that followed after that. They were gunned down in large numbers trying to accomplish this. Before they had finally succeeded in their objection in securing the location, over 2,000 of them were wounded or killed in the fight. Some say that the sand was stained red with blood from the casualties that were sustained on that day. Canadians suffered 1,074 casualties on D-Day, 359 of them lost their lives. In total over 10,000 casualties of war were felt by allied soldiers during that invasion. Many French civilians were killed as the bombs and bullets fell upon the villages along the seaside. There were also hundreds of Germans that were killed on that day as well. Those Canadians managed to achieve success in taking control of “Juno Beach”, also making their way farther inland than any of the other 155,000 allies during the June 6th operation in 1944.
The allied forces ultimately failed to reach their targets inland during the D-Day invasion, but the beaches at Normandy were finally secured by them. This was very important in allowing the allied to move their troops, supplies, tanks as well as their artillery on shore, in order to continue the fight forward against the enemy.