For more photos see: D-Day Normandy Landings, FRANCE
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Psa 148:8.
Feu et grêle, neige et brouillards, Vents impétueux, qui exécutez ses ordres.
D-Day, 6 June 1944 was a major turning point in World War II, the commencement of the liberation of Europe from the Germans.
Four years earlier, the German forces attacked the Low Countries and sought to capture the Channel ports, the allies being unable to halt them. Winston Churchill had proposed to defeat Hitler in France, but was forced by circumstances in May-June 1940 to a desperate retreat from Dunkirk. Although 332,226 men were successfully rescued, as Churchill remarked – wars are not won by evacuations.
Victory however was to come. Much preparation had gone into the planning for the D-Day invasions, code-named Operation Overlord.
What were the requirements for this attack to succeed?
- Suitable beaches for landing
- Ability to gather a landing force
- An isolated battlefield
- Reliable supply line
- A location unknown to the Germans – a hoax was put in place that successfully misled them.
- The right weather conditions
Just after midnight on Tuesday 6 June 1944, 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops landed in Normandy and at 6.30am, the amphibious landing commenced of allied infantry and armoured divisions. This was the largest amphibious landing in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing that day in an 80km stretch of Normandy coast which was divided into five sections code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
God was at work on this day:
Amazingly there were only a few days in each month that were suitable for this landing. It needed to be a day near the full moon, both for the lighting and the spring tidal situation so there was enough depth of water to operate past defensive obstacles placed in the water by the Germans. The Germans had built an extensive system of coastal fortifications called the Atlantic Wall (1942-1944), which spanned along the western coast of Europe from Southern France to Northern Norway. High tide was the only time any landings could take place.
So what happened?
5 June had been selected for the landings, the day before the full moon.
The previous day on 4 June, the conditions were clearly unsuitable and the Germans had taken comfort from these poor conditions believing that invasion would not be possible for several days.
So when on 6 June a brief improvement was forecast, General Eisenhower immediately gave the command for the operation to commence…
It is interesting that due to the current conditions that pushed their craft to the southeast, the fourth infantry division found themselves in the wrong position at Utah, and so encountered little German opposition. It was here that the lightest causalities took place – 197 out of 23,000 men. Quite amazing.
This battle was the focal point of the greatest and most highly planned invasion of all time, which forced the Germans to fight a two front war and commenced the liberation of Europe.
We can take great comfort that the Most High rules in the Kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever He will, Dan 4:17 and that God’s ultimate purpose is to set up the Kingdom of God on this earth and fill it with His glory, Dan 2:44; Rev 11:15; Num 14:21.
Refer to The Testimony magazine article March 2000 to read a very interesting article on how God uses the weather to affect the course of history,