Allied bombers launched massive raids against German defensive positions in Normandy.The complete air superiority of the Allies meant that the bombers were almost entirely unchallenged as they chose their targets.
At Gold, the British 50th Northumbrian Division had to fight hard to finally overcome German defenses. By midday, all three beaches were secure and reinforcements, including the 7th ‘Desert Rats’ Armored Divisions, began to unload .
Because British armor was still en route, caught up in the traffic jams on the beaches, it was left to British anti-tank gunners to repel the German attack. This they achieved, but there was now no question of reaching Caen that day.
By the end of D-Day, the Allies had landed 130,000 troops by sea and 29,000 troops by air. Determined resistance, German counter-attacks and bottlenecks at beach exits prevented the Allies achieving all objectives.
Airborne troops jump into Normandy 60 years to the day in 1944 for the D-Day invasion on June 6. Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers told veterans and their families at a June 5 memorial tribute in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, "we can scarcely imagine how history would have unfolded had the Allied effort (in World War II) failed.