Last week, many veterans and Americans marked the 74th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6th, 1944, Allied troops came ashore on Omaha Beach in France’s Normandy region in what was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It is believed that over 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landed on that beach in 1944. This invasion was the impetus for the liberation of German-occupied Europe and a victory on the Western Front. But these victories came at a tremendous price.
American casualties alone were estimated to be nearly 2,000. Looking to get your students involved in understanding more about World War II? Visit the website docsteach, an online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives for lesson plan ideas!
And teach them the ultimate lesson by bringing history to life by visiting the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., where there is a special commemoration of the D-Day landing. Learn more about our school trips here.