During World War II, 60 million soldiers and civilians were killed world wide. 60 million. D-Day alone required 7000 ships, 11590 aircraft and 156,000 troops. It took 60 years to pay off the debt. We paid the last instalments of war debts to America and Canada in 2006, £42.5m and £11.6m respectively.
However, the US 1st and 29th Divisions together suffered around 2,000 casualties at Omaha Beach.
Following the Rangers actions Pointe du Hoc on 6-8 June 1944, Rudder’s Rangers (who trained in Bude) suffered a seventy percent casualty rate. Less than seventy-five of the original 225 who came ashore on 6 June were fit for duty. Of those who served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day, seventy-seven were killed and 152 wounded. Another thirty-eight were listed as missing.
It is no wonder we must not forget that.
What’s happening in Bude…
- 50 full size British and American flags up around town
- Placing up to 1,000 white crosses on Shalder Hill
- Short, poignant memorial service dedicated to all those young men who liberated Europe on 6th June 1944. In particular, our own heritage and history as the 2nd Battalion Ranger trained on Bude beaches for Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha. At the Rangers stone at the top of Summerleaze on Thursday 6th June at 11am.
- Veterans to lay wreaths representative of Gold, Sword, Juno, Utah, Omaha and Pointe du Hoc
- 1940s’ DDay tea room. 8th & 9th June
- We will not forget the young men looked after by local Bude people in their own homes, who trained in Bude for D-Day.