“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.”
Welcome and thank you for visiting my D-Day blog!
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Annie and I am a 20-year-old Journalism student from London.
2014 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. In anticipation of this, the Normandy Tourist Board has asked me to produce a series of articles and video blogs during this year’s commemorations.
I will be travelling to Normandy in the week surrounding the 6th June 2013 to take part in a series of commemorative events throughout the region. As well as visiting museums and attending memorial services, I will be interviewing fellow visitors and taking part in a variety of celebrations!
On the 6th June 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed along the 50-mile stretch of French coastline to fight German soldiers. Over the next twelve weeks, the fierce fighting in Normandy was decisive in determining the outcome of the Second World War. More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion and more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded during the campaign.
My time in Normandy will be an educational experience as well as an emotional one. Hopefully, I will leave with a clearer understanding of the sacrifice made during the D-Day landings and I also hope that by reading my blog, you will feel the same.
I’ll keep you all updated on my whereabouts via the Normandy Tourist Board’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Use the hashtag #anniesddayblog on Twitter to share your thoughts, images and videos with me!