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Disastrous D-Day rehearsal


Free Spirit
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FREDERIC, Wis. - This week, as the Allies commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, there is one story from the invasion most people don't know.
It happened during the rehearsal, but the U.S. military kept it secret, long after the war.
In the waters off a peaceful stretch of beach in southern England, the U.S. military lost more lives practicing to land on Utah Beach than actually died there on D-Day.

Survivor recalls disastrous D-Day rehearsal - CBS News
This mans story is interesting and worth the read.

The low down is because their escort ship had to leave for repairs German patrol boats found them and fired torpedoes at them killing 700 men and ripping his ship apart. After spending time in the water they were rescued by the British.

To say that must have been a horrible experience really doesn't describe what that must have been like. Even excluding this attack the days that led up to D Day must have been tense for the men that knew what they were going to do. I don't think I can even imagine what they must have been feeling or thinking.

I assume they are talking about Utah Beach only because more than 700 Americans died on D Day. I've read from 1,400 to about 2,500 Americans died that day.

I don't know why they felt it necessary to keep this a secret especially after the war was won.
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