Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.
With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.
On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.
By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.
Yesterday the 6th of June 2014 we marked the 70th anniversary of that great D-Day, the day that marked the beginning of the end of World War Two and changed the course of history.
Royalty, presidents, politicians and the veterans were out in full force to honour those who gave their lives so that the world would be a better place.
We are told that thousands lost their lives and the sea became red with the blood of fallen heroes shot down by their adversaries. Helpless to assist their comrades the other soldiers went ashore marching on as they dodged bullets, for there were battles to be fought and a war to win. Yesterday as in years gone by we remembered the victories, but most of all we remembered those who gave their lives to enable the victory.
As I think and ponder on these things I remember the greatest soldier of all time, the greatest victor of all time who also gave His live that others may live. His blood was special; it was sinless, spotless and powerful. His blood has the inherent ability to wash away the sins of every man, woman, boy or girl who comes to Him for cleansing.
Our Saviour is a man of war and the Lord is His Name. He spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, and He triumphed over them in it. However He is also the Prince of Peace and He loves us with an Everlasting Love.
Today He is knocking at the door of our hearts, asking us to remember the blood He shed at Calvary and urging us to embrace Him in totality.
June 6th 1944 was a great day, the day the Allies decided to put an end to tyranny. An even greater day was the day Jesus, having shed His blood on the cross, fought the devil and his cohorts overcame him fair and square and took back that which the devil has stolen from mankind.
Today He hands to us the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven enabling us to exercise authority here on earth, He has made us more than conquerors, and we are overcomers in every sense of the word through the victory He wrought for us.
As we by default are partakers in the great outcomes of that D-Day 70 years ago, I urge to embrace and partake of the greatest outcome of all time, the Salvation that was won for us by Jesus!
Looking forward to seeing you at the victory parade in heaven
(Ref: Exodus 15:3; Colossians 2:15; Isaiah 9:6; 1 Corinthians 13:8a; Revelations 3:20)