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D-Day 10€ Silver

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  • 75th Anniversary D-Day commemorative
     

  • Exclusive Australian distributor
     

  • Minted in France, the original location of the Normandy landings
     

  • Strictly limited availability

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The Allied landing, known as D-Day, represents the first hours of Operation Neptune, the initial phase of Operation Overlord, which was the being of the liberation of Hitler’s Nazi occupation of France, and ultimately laid the foundations of the Allied victory in the German controlled Europe.

 

Initially scheduled for 5th June 1944, the landing was postponed until the early hours of 6th June 1944 due to poor weather conditions. On this day the invasion of the Normandy beaches saw the largest combined military, air, land and amphibious operation ever undertaken, and still is to this day. The landing included some 1,213 warships, 736 ancillary craft, 864 merchant vessels and 4,126 landing craft of various kinds, which helped land some 20,000 vehicles and over 150,000 service men onto the beaches of Normandy. Landing operations then followed for several weeks.
 

Before the amphibious invasion even started, a massive Allied airborne operation preceded. From the early hours of 6th June 1944 (several hours prior to troops landing on the beaches), over 13,000 elite paratroopers of the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, as well as several thousand from the British 6th Airborne Division were dropped under the cover of night by over 1,200 aircraft. In total 23,000 paratroopers and glider troops would be used in Normandy.  They were all to land inland, behind the main line of German defenders on the beach, and tasked with the mission of taking the town of St. Mere Eglise and securing key approaches to the Allied beachhead.
 

Also preceding the beach landings the Allies conducted a massive naval bombardment of the German coastal defences. At the time, this was the largest naval bombardment ever seen. The intension was that the navy would bombardment the coastline for at last two hours to limit the amount of time the Germans had to reinforce the beach positions, it ended up being restricted to forty minutes.
 

The battleships USS Arkansas, USS Nevada, and USS Texas each used fourteen-inch guns that launched explosive projectiles to a range of fourteen miles. They were the main muscle of the American bombardment. Although these battleships were also supported by several cruisers and destroyers. All together, they shelled the gun emplacements and defensive positions on and around the American Beaches.
 

The British Royal Navy also used a very similar group of ships, which shelled the defensive positions on and around their designated beaches. The bombardment was largely effective at neutralizing the German coastal guns, which also failed to score a single hit on any allied ship. Despite their significant importance, and the efforts involved by the naval bombardment (not forgetting the airborne operations), they still only remained support units, and would not win the battle alone.
 

The D-Day landing operations on Normandy’s beaches would be where the battle was truly won, or lost.
 

The selected beaches for the operation were protected by the fortifications of the Atlantic wall. The Atlantic Wall was an extensive system of coastal defence and fortifications that had been built by Nazi Germany along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia against an anticipated Allied invasion. This Atlantic wall saw the landing Allied troops faced various defences including stakes (some with mines on top), hedgehogs (large steel barriers created to prevent the movement of ships, tanks and infantry), barbed wire, antitank ditches, machine guns positions and mines. Beyond the beaches were pillboxes (concrete fortifications), tank turrets, and trenches. Also at some locations some 1-2 miles from the beach were several coastal and artillery batteries.

 

The beaches that where targeted during this operation were split into five zones between Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, in the Cotentin to the West, and Ouistreham on the mouth of the Orne to the East. These five areas included Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach & Utah Beach.

 

Today we can only try to imagine what our brave and courageous service members experienced on this historic day. Just imagine seeing the boat ramp being lowered down in front of you and then having to jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs that where over 200 yards ahead before reaching the first natural feature that could offer any form of protection. All whilst carrying eighty pounds of equipment on your back and being blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by artillery – it really is imaginable, and they must have thought they had just landed in hell.

 

The whole operation saw 11 Allied countries involved in various elements, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the free forces of France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Netherlands, and Belgium.

 

D-Day resulted in the Allied Forces suffering nearly 10,000 casualties, and more than 4,000 confirmed dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and the valour, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached which ultimately resulted in the overall Allied victory.

 

Such a history-changing event deserves an equally auspicious commemoration. There could be no more appropriate mint to honour those who sacrificed on D-Day than France’s world-famous Monnaie de Paris mint which has released a 10€ silver proof coin commemorating the courage of the Allied forces.
 

The obverse of this coin represents the different types of military operations that took place on 6th June 1944, with the American, British, Free French and Canadian flags outlined within the letters D-Day. In the foreground, a Dakota transport aircraft symbolically sports USAF and RAF emblems, accompanied by Spitfire and Mustang fighters. The design is accented with paratroopers representing airborne operations. In the centre, land forces emerge out from the barges.

 

Whilst the reverse represents all the Allied countries that participated in the Normandy landings surrounding the face value and the RF. Clockwise: Free France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Australia, United States, Norway, United Kingdom, Czechoslovakia, Canada, and Belgium.

 

Limited to just 5,000 worldwide, The Bradford Mint is the sole Australian agent for this prestigious new release. The edition limit is declining sharply, so call now for your best chance to secure this historic coin.

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