Veterans commemorated the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings at the Mowbray Park cenotaph.

17 pictures from D-day anniversary commemorations at Sunderland's war memorial

Veterans have observed commemorations to mark the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Sunderland’s war memorial.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 7:44 pm

Wearside military and veteran armed forces organisations gathered at the Mowbray Park Cenotaph to observe tributes to the Normandy operation.

The D-Day landings and associated airborne operations saw Allied Forces invade Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944, in what was the largest seaborne landing operation in history.

As was the case last year, on the event’s 76th anniversary, Covid restrictions have meant that the date has been marked in an adapted way.

Some 4,000 Allied troops died on the day itself, while around 9,000 were recorded as having been wounded or missing.

Total German casualties on the day are not known, but are estimated at somewhere between 4,000 and 9,000 men.

Thousands of French civilians also perished, mainly as a result of bombing raids carried out by the Allies.

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