Eighty years since D-Day: Remembering Normandy’s summer season of sacrifice | EUROtoday

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Between the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 and the liberation of Paris on August 25 lies the Battle of Normandy. For three months, the Allied forces fought fiercely towards the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany. From closely bombed cities, to relentless artillery fireplace and hand-to-hand fight within the “Falaise pocket”, Normandy was devastated and civilians had been trapped. But the Allies achieved a strategic victory that modified the course of historical past. FRANCE 24’s Florence Gaillard and Héloïse Mélan report.

The Germans had been anticipating the landings in northern France, close to the English coast. But on June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the huge seashores of Normandy in a deluge of fireside and brimstone. For D-Day to succeed, it was essential to minimise the variety of German navy reinforcements on the touchdown seashores. So the Allies created barricades by carpet-bombing Normandy to dam roads and communications. The consequence was razed cities and a heavy toll on Normandy’s inhabitants. The Battle of Normandy value 20,000 civilians their lives.

Mireille Goudier was solely 5 years previous when the Allies bombed Condé-sur-Noireau, the place she lived peacefully along with her dad and mom and brothers till June 6, 1944. She describes apocalyptic scenes that night: “noise, screams, and smoke everywhere!” In their neighbourhood, complete households had been worn out. For a number of weeks, Mireille and her household discovered refuge with farmers across the ruins of the city. They later determined to take to the roads of Normandy. But, like tens of hundreds of civilians, they discovered themselves trapped within the raging battles.

From August 16 to 21, 1944, 150,000 Allies managed to encircle 100,000 Germans within the “Falaise pocket.” German troops had been pounded by Allied artillery. To escape the pocket, they needed to go via a bottleneck, quickly dubbed the “corridor of death”. Soldiers generally fought hand-to-hand utilizing bayonets or rocks off the bottom. The toll of those 5 days of carnage was heavy: 2,000 Allied losses, with 10,000 useless and 40,000 prisoners on the German aspect. By the top of the summer season of 1944, the area was ravaged however the Allies had gained the Battle of Normandy. For Nazi Germany, it was the start of the top.