Why Is D-Day Important

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D-Day: Up Close and Personal On Tuesday June 6, 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower ordered what is now proven to be the largest amphibious invasion in military history. This full frontal assault involved thousands of American, British, and Canadian forces as they came ashore under heavy enemy resistance on various strategic beaches in the province of Normandy, France. The next day, major fighting was over and the German defensive line was broken, allowing for the penetration of what Adolf Hitler christened “Fortress Europe”, and ultimately a path to Berlin (Durflinger, McAndrew). However, the fact that the Allies incurred an estimated 10,000 casualties due to a direct assault with no cover to speak of is nothing less than heartbreaking (D-Day).…show more content…
They were essentially heavily armored boats with a huge front gate that, when released, belched soldiers out by the dozens only to turn back around in order to repeat the same process over again. Capa’s unintentional uses of symmetry in which the landing craft are nearly perfectly spaced and centered add to the surrealism of the picture. Also, in a darker representation, these vessels may depict the soldiers’ last direct ties to friendlier times and places. Once they exited the boats they were mercilessly thrown into a world in which the taking of another human being’s life was the primal rule, not the exception. The homesickness that these men undoubtedly suffered at that very moment is enough to make an observer of the photograph turn away, too weak to combat the powerful emotions that it instills. This particular photograph taken by Robert Capa during the D-Day invasion almost seventy years ago illustrates the raw emotions of war that those brave men on the beach were undergoing. His emotional appeal to viewers of this picture is a reminder of what they did, not only for our freedom, but for the liberation of whole continent under the boot of a ruthless mass murderer. Society today should honor the valor of that generation and note their deeds in order to make certain that what happened then will never transpire in the

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