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Project Jones

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Today is D-day. There isn’t a more fitting day for us to premier our Project Jones video.

It was on June 6, 1944, D-Day, that 150,000 Allied soldiers landed on the shores of Normandy. An invading army had not crossed the unpredictable, dangerous English Channel since 1688 — and once the massive force set out, there was no turning back. The 5000-vessel armada stretched as far as the eye could see, transporting over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles across the channel to the French beaches. Six parachute regiments — over 13,000 men — were flown from nine British airfields in over 800 planes. More than 300 planes dropped 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy immediately in advance of the invasion.

By nightfall on June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but more than 100,000 had made it ashore, securing French coastal villages. And within weeks, supplies were being unloaded at UTAH and OMAHA beachheads at the rate of over 20,000 tons per day.

Captured Germans were sent to American prisoner of war camps at the rate of 30,000 POWs per month from D-Day until Christmas 1944. Thirty-three detention facilities were in Texas alone.

The invasion of France on June 6, 1944 was a triumph of intelligence, coordination, secrecy, and planning. The bold attack was also a tremendous risk. Ultimately it succeeded because of individual soldiers’ bravery in combat.

Do your part to honor the men who fought at D-Day by learning more about their sacrifice. You can start with a simple google search of “D-Day

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  1. Emma04

    I loved the video!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love summer break but I miss seeing you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have a great summer!!!!

    • Mr.Conte

      Thanks Emma, I miss seeing you too. This is going to be a great summer, as soon as all the clouds clear out!

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