Thursday, June 6, 2019
75 Years Ago, D-Day: The Early Paratrooper Attack
10. PARATROOPERS LAUNCHED THE OPERATION BEFORE DAWN.
The D-Day invasion began in the pre-dawn hours of June 6, when thousands of paratroopers began landing inland from Utah and Sword beaches in an attempt to cut off exits and destroy bridges to delay German reinforcements.
American paratroopers suffered high casualties at the Utah beach sites, some drowning from their heavy equipment in flooded marshland. Others were killed on their way down. The British and Canadian paratroopers met less resistance at Sword beach and quickly took two bridges.