|Wounded men from the Ist Infantry at Omaha Beach|
Picture: The Impractical Catholic
June 6th 1944 and the allied forces made the move that would result in a German defeat and the end of the Second World War in Europe.
The Normandy landings had no right to succeed, governed, as they were by poor weather and the inevitable human error of poor information and even poorer judgement.
But the landings did succeed with a cost of many lives of young service men from Britain, the USA and Canada as well as many Commonwealth and allied countries.
This was a sacrifice made by many for whom the war in Europe must have seemed a strange cause to die for.
But, we do not forget that sacrifice and we continue to visit the cemeteries of Normandy (including the German one which is, particularly grim) to offer our prayers and give thanks to those who did not return home.