Contrary to popular belief, D-Day was not the first successful landing in Europe during WWII… Operations Baytown, Avalanche, and Slapstick.
My Grandad’s brother was killed fighting at Monte Cassino, and my Grandad was so scarred by his experiences there that, to this day, he will not talk about his time in the military during WWII.
Interestingly, not all the beaches at Normandy were like Omaha, with the mass slaughter and the unending hail of machine-gun fire, as seen in Saving Private Ryan- Sword Beach (taken by the British with only 630 casualties out of 29,000 men landed) was relatively lightly defended, as was Juno beach (400 casualties out of 25,000 men landed). The US at Utah beach basically waded ashore to almost no resistance (200 casualties out of 23,000 troops landed).
It was only at Omaha and Juno where there were major, bloody battles- but ultimately it was the beginning of the end of Nazi Europe.
June 6th also happens to be the day when Queensland was established as a seperate colony from New South Wales in 1859, and is subsquently Queensland Day- not that anyone cares.