It’s impossible to say how many died on D-Day, estimates say between 2,500 to more than 5,000 allied dead and 6,036 American casualties including wounded and missing. The Heritage Foundation in Washington estimates 4,900 dead. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that many dying and even to this day they still find the occasional body but consider the whole picture.
19,000 civilians died in Normandy before and after D-Day to soften up German defenses, Allied air forces lost nearly 12,000 men in April and May 1944 in operations ahead of the invasion. 160,000 men invaded Nazi occupied France in the first wave, the invasion fleet had more than 5,000 ships and landing craft. Winston Churchill said to his wife he was afraid more than 20,000 would be dead by the time they woke up.
More than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing the D-Day museum says. The American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach has the remains of 9,383 servicemen and four women.
War has a terrible cost, the cost of not fighting one can be far worse.
Check out the US Army’s webpage for D-Day http://www.army.mil/d-day/
US Army slideshow - http://www.army.mil/d-day/slideshow.html