On June 6, 1944, Canada participated as a full partner with the United States and the United Kingdom in the greatest amphibious invasion in history. Code-named Operation Overlord, but generally known as D-Day, thousands of Canadians were among the army, navy and air force contingents who participated in the invasion.
By the numbers:
â€¢ Some 14,000 Canadians were among the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed and parachuted along the invasion area.
â€¢ More than 6,000 Allied vessels left English ports on 5 June 1944, bound for Normandy.
â€¢ Allied naval forces, which included 110 Canadian warships and 10,000 sailors, supported the Normandy landings.
â€¢ Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons helped control the skies over Normandy and attacked targets
â€¢ On that day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed
D-Day landing photograph by James Grant, Ordinary Telegraphist, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve
George Metcalf Archival Collection