originally planned for it to be on June 5, 1944. D-Day stands for the
day the attack took place. The allied troops took a long time in planning
this attack - about two years. They also took a lot of time to
prepare themselves for the attack on Hitler and the Nazis. When the
allied troops arrived at Normandy, France they had about 150,000 soldiers,
5,000 ships and 11,000 airplanes. This attack on Hitler and the Nazis
was one of the biggest land, sea and air attacks ever.
On June 6, 1944, the allied troops invaded
France. This was called D-Day. Out of all those thousands
of soldiers there was one soldier that I decided to do my interview on.
He survived D-day. His name is Walter J. Wesolaski Sr. He
was born in 1921. He went to the war at the age of 21 in 1942.
In World War II Walter J. Wesolaski Sr
served as a mechanic. He was also an infantry man. He fought
in Germany, France and Belgium. He was also in D-Day. He was
on the first wave of soldiers that landed on Normandy Beach.
The soldiers had to carry a lot of things
with them. The average weight of a regular soldier's backpack was 70
pounds. That is a lot of weight for someone to carry and on top of
that they had to walk a lot. The soldiers carried with them rifles,
canteens, grenades, headgear and gloves, a machete, a compass, an automatic
rifle and a message book. When Walter J. Wesolaski Sr and the other
allied troops arrived at Normandy Beach, the Nazis started shooting at him
and the other allied troops. He could feel the heat of the bullets
that were shot go through his face. He and the other allied troops tried
to dodge the bullets, but for some it didn't work. They got shot and
Some soldiers dug in the sand to prevent
getting shot at, but there were sometimes land mines and it would
sometimes blow up on them. Walter J. Wesolaski Sr. saw a lot of
the soldiers and his friends get shot and killed right before his
eyes by the Nazis. Walter J. Wesolaski Sr was the only soldier
from his troop to survive.
When it was all over and they stopped shooting, Walter J. Wesolaski Sr described the ocean water as crimson red from
all the blood from the soldiers that were shot and killed. This must have
been sad. To witness your friends and other soldiers get shot and
killed is tough. The soldiers that died, died for a reason, they fought
for the United States of America. They protected it and wanted other
people to be safe. Walter J. Wesolaski asked himself how he survived
D-Day. He thought to himself and figured out that God had saved him.
France was now free from Hitler and his rule.