D-Day: Their Average Age Was 20

Today (June 6) is the anniversary of the Operation Overlord landing operations during World War II, more commonly known as D-Day. The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 was the largest seaborne operation in history. It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany, as D-Day began the liberation of German-occupied France, and established Allied successes along the Western Front.

Over 175,000 Americans, Brits, and Canadians landed that day from ships, and 20,000 as paratroopers. The planning for the D-Day operation took months.

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Why are we covering this history? Of course, it’s important, but there’s a very specific reason. As a college admissions planning site, we’re offering this history as perspective.

The average age of the men who landed on the five beaches in Operation Overlord was 20.

Twenty years old.

So next time you wonder if you can make it to classes in the middle of winter, or find your classes, or talk to a professor, remember this fact. The average D-Day age was 20.

Next time you’re wondering if your student is ready to leave the nest, apply for jobs, open a bank account, or manage their finances, remember this fact. The average D-Day age was 20.

Finally, yes, we’re aware times are different and situations change. But young people rise to the challenges presented to them. Be confident in your independence and abilities. You’ve got this, young adults.

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