D-Day: The Rescue from Tyranny

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In the fall of 1781, American and French forces laid siege to Yorktown, Virginia, wherein a large group of British troops, led by General Charles Cornwallis, was stationed. The British were heavily outnumbered, and on October 19, 1781, Cornwallis and his men were forced to surrender. Although the Revolutionary War continued for close to two years after this battle, it is widely considered to be the battle in which the British lost the war, the proverbial “nail in the coffin” (Perkins). Another battle, with much the same far-reaching and profound results, occurred 163 years later, in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944: the Allied Invasion of Normandy (Ambrose 1). This invasion, commonly referred to as D-Day, had a great number of decisive effects upon the world, namely, it ensured the defeat of the Nazis by opening a third major front in the war, it prevented numerous potential disasters which might have thrown the world into chaos had it not happened, and it established the United States as the reigning superpower of the world.
In the early months of 1942, Joseph Stalin began pressuring his American and British allies—Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill—to start a third major front in the war against Germany. He felt that they were not pulling their weight in the war effort. Up until that point, Russian soldiers had been responsible for eighty percent of all German casualties. Stalin’s impatience with the reluctance of his allies continued to grow until a meeting between the three leaders in November 1843 in Tehran, Iran. At this meeting, Roosevelt agreed to specify a date for the invasion. Churchill was more hesitant due to the failed British amphibious assault on Dieppe, France, in August 1942. He believed that the be...

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...raculous. The United States’ determination to fight tyranny and fascism was put to the test, and they prevailed. They showed the world that they were committed to the cause of freedom, and that good will always rise up to fight evil.
The Allied Invasion of Normandy changed the world in many significant ways. It truly was a battle between the forces of good and evil. Had it failed, the globe would have been cast into turmoil, and the beacon of light which represents freedom would have been obscured by the darkness of communism and tyranny. It provided the Allied forces the means to defeat Nazi Germany, and it established the United States as the reigning world power, ready to light the way for other countries seeking to escape the nefariousness of totalitarianism. We all owe a debt that can never be repaid to the brave men who fought and died on that historic day.
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