Arromanche, France: This past weekend, June 6, was a day of remembrance of the allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings in Normandy in 1944 during WW11.It was the beginning of the end of World War II.
To commemorate this British artists, Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, took to the beaches with rakes and stencils in hand. They and a team of 60 volunteers, that grew to 500 additional local residents, set about etching 9,000 bodies of the fallen soldiers into the sands on the beaches.
The sight of so many bodies lying there is a stark reminder of the horrors of war and the many who put their lives on the line for the safety of future generations.
The temporary etchings lasted but a few hours before being washed away by the tide. There is a big tidal difference in Europe, (unlike in the Caribbean.)
The United States and allied troops invaded at Normandy – the largest air, land, and sea invasion in history. The goal was to surprise Germany, but Germany was ready and waiting.
Normandy Invasion was planned with the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy. An armada of 3,000 landing craft, 2,500 other ships, and 500 naval vessels – escorts and bombardment ships – began to leave English ports. That night first 822 aircraft, carrying parachutists or towing gliders to the Normandy landing zones. The air armada consisted of 13,000 aircraft supporting the D-Day operations.
By the end of August 1944 all of northern France was liberated.