Canada's participation, by the numbers

sailor (Mountains&Ocean)
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: 

• Some 14,000 Canadians were among the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed and parachuted along the invasion area. 
• More than 6,000 Allied vessels left English ports on 5 June 1944, bound for Normandy.
• Allied naval forces, which included 110 Canadian warships and 10,000 sailors, supported the Normandy landings.
• Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons helped control the skies over Normandy and attacked targets
• On that day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed

D-Day landing photograph by James Grant, Ordinary Telegraphist, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve
CWM 20020039-001
George Metcalf Archival Collection

2014-6-7 -04:00
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