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D-Day


D-Day was planned for June 5th, but was changed to the 6th due to bad weather.
  day of the Allied landing to liberate France in World War II (June 6, 1944)
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More generally, "D-Day" can denote any unnamed day on which an operation is due to commence.
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  • D-Day was planned for June 5th, but was changed to the 6th due to bad weather.
  • That’s more men than died on the beaches of Normandy on D-day in World War Two, twenty-six years later."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • They gave us the D-day, at least that’s what we think."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • D-day was two months ago.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • He had landed on the third wave during D-Day, fought his way across France, teamed up with a sharpshooting Texan, who together with Stone formed a murderously competent sniping team, and eventually crossed into Germany when the armistice was signed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He was in the war, too—he landed on D-Day and all—but I really think he hated the Army worse than the war.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Yours, Anne M. Frank TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 1944 My dearest Kitty, "This is D-Day," the BBC announced at twelve.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It’s D-Day, Bobby boy.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • We do know that Mike was there longest, fighting on what is always the single toughest day, D-Day.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • My mother heard the report of D-Day on our ancient radio and walked up to the crab house to tell me.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved

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  • White parachuted into Normandy the night before D-Day and later into Holland.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Always before, important events and dates had been marked in memory with definite labels, not only such days as Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and Lincoln’s Birthday, but Pearl Harbor Day, D-Day, VE-Day, VJ-Day, Income Tax Day.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • On Thursday night—one night until D-Day, as Miles had begun mentally referring to it—Miles lay in bed with Jonah, trading a book back and forth so each could read a page.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • To me, this felt more like D-Day.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • I was in Miami living the good life at Coral Gables when Eisenhower sent the armies ashore on D-Day, and at preflight school at the University of Georgia when Patton was racing for the Rhine.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • In a speech on December 31, 1960, Castro warned America that any landing force would suffer far greater losses than on D-Day.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The wedding was D-day, and he was woefully unprepared for the battle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Then to the couple—"You know how, uh, children are th-th-these days they play all d-d-day at school and c-c-can’t wait to get home and pl-play some more."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Most important, we kept our news the most closely guarded secret since D-day.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • They’d first met near the end of the war, said hello-goodbye but corresponded, she was an air-raid warden with a torch, they called it, and he was a quartermaster handing out condoms for D-day that the troops fixed to the muzzles of their rifles to keep out sand and water and he still liked her in a towel or slip, married twenty-seven years to this point.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He thinks him callow and incapable of governing, and finds it galling that a man who was a mere lieutenant during the Second World War is taking over the presidency from the general who directed the D-Day invasion.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • My father looked grim as he studied the war maps that showed the Allied advance between D-Day and the third week of July.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • As much logistics went into this trip as went into the planning of D-Day, or so I thought.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It would be a seven-hundred-mile, four-day trip to D-Day, scheduled for February 19.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I fought Nazis from D-Day all the way into Germany.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It would be forty-four years before physicist Donald Olson would discover that D-Day at Tarawa occurred during one of only two days in 1943 when the moon’s apogee coincided with a neap tide, resulting in a tidal range of only a few inches rather than several feet.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • On February 17, D-Day minus two, ships’ doctors reported an outbreak of diarrhea.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Soon after sunrise on D-Day plus one, Colonel Liversedge positioned his 2nd and 3rd Battalions to continue their assault on Mount Suribachi.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • On D-Day, Ruhl had shown everyone that he was not kidding.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • He landed on D-Day without a rifle.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • As the blood spurted, Corpsman Clifford Langley—who had treated a jaw wound on D-Day—hurried to Wheeler’s side and applied compresses.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Fear of infiltrators—the fear of the dancing shadows—had preoccupied the Americans on each night since D-Day.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The heaviest and coldest rains since D-Day lashed at the surviving Marines.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • D-Day, February 19, 1945—to the beaches, with Mount Suribachi in the background.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • D-Day, February 19, 1945.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • D-Day, February 19, 1945.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But the Pacific’s largest D-Day was terribly different.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The evening of D-Day minus one, February 18, a date that nine years later would become my birthday, my father and the assault troops still could not see their objective.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Rosenthal, covering the invasion for the Associated Press, had landed on Iwo at around noon on D-Day and had risked his life to get stirring action shots through the days of combat that followed.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • We heard over the BBC that Churchill wanted to land along with the troops on D-Day, but Eisenhower and the other generals managed to talk him out of it.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • (Like the "Kissing Bandit," he’d grown up near Doc, but didn’t know him; in later years they would play golf together.) His unit was supposed to go in on D-Day, but the beach was so full they didn’t make it until two P.M. on D+1.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Danny had run past his severed, dying pal on D-Day.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The hard statistics show the sacrifice made by Colonel Johnson’s 2nd Battalion: 1,400 boys landed on D-Day; 288 replacements were provided as the battle went on, a total of 1,688.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The whole Cotentin Peninsula has been captured just three weeks after the invasion! What a feat! In the three weeks since D-Day there hasn’t been a day without rain and storms, neither here nor in France, but this bad luck hasn’t kept the British and the Americans from displaying their might.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
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