“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

World War II

Events of 1938 - 1944

World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 12, 2020
1. World War II Marker
1938: Hitler annexes Austria, occupies Czechoslovakia
1939: Germans Blitzkrieg of Poland, Russia invades Finland
1940: Germany seizes, Denmark, Norway, France, Balkans
1941: Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Germany invades Russia.
1942: Germany takes on Eastern Europe all the way to Stalingrad
1943: Heavy fighting in North Africa; Allies invade Sicily and Italy
1944: General Eisenhower is made Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force, and is given the following task:
"You will enter the Continent of Europe and undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces."
(Note the simple, straightforward language)

In June 1944, Germany maintained a strangle hold on most of Europe, controlling the area shown. The USA and its Allies mounted the largest invasion force the world has ever seen (2,876,000 men), assembling it along the southern coast of England. The world watched as the Allies prepared to bring all the hopes and power of free people the world over to one point
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— one stretch of sandy beaches— one moment in time. The event was truly one of historic and heroic proportions.

Weather, tides, moonlight for airborne drops — all played a role in determining which day would become "D-Day" — the most famous invasion date in history. Weather caused a delay on 5 June, but shortly before midnight that same evening, Eisenhower gave the nod, and the first Airborne units took off for their scheduled assaults on the Normandy Coast between 0100 and 02200 on June 6, 1944.

Hollywood has captured the brilliant Allied diversions and the subsequent invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 in movies such as "The Longest Day" and Saving Private Ryan."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1944.
Location. 39° 26.381′ N, 78° 58.614′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is on West Piedmont Street (West Virginia Route 46) just west of North Davis Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 N Davis St, Keyser WV 26726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Ed Kelley Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
July 12, 2020
2. Ed Kelley Memorial Plaza
marker. D-Day (here, next to this marker); Kelley Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); Key Terrain (here, next to this marker); The First Battle of Kesternich (here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Bulge (here, next to this marker); Regaining the Initiative (here, next to this marker); Jonah Edward Kelley (here, next to this marker); The Medal of Honor (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keyser.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on July 14, 2020.

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