Remembering June 6, 1944

Remembering June 6, 1944

Remember this day not for the glory of war, but for the magnitude of the selflessness and sacrifice made by these men and women so that others could breath free.

Join us in commemorating June 6, 1944 known as “D-Day”.

Although not directly involved with the Battle of Normandy, alpine units and ski troops played a key role during WWII. For example, in the successes of the Finnish war effort against the Soviet Union during the Winter War in 1939. Forested, rural terrain with no roads was used by Finnish ski troops with great success against the advancing mechanized Soviet troops. Most notably, in Battle of Suomussalmi, two Soviet mechanized divisions (45,000 men) were annihilated by three Finnish regiments (11,000 men).

The most common transportation for Norwegian soldiers during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940 was skis and sleds, and in Operation Gunnerside, paradropped Norwegian commandos covered a large distance using skis in order to reach and destroy a heavy water plant Vemork at Rjukan in Telemark, Norway, which was being used by the Germans as part of their nuclear research programme.

Ski warfare even extended to the Middle East where the Australian Ski Corps were deployed against Vichy French forces in the mountains of Lebanon.

Also during WWII, the United States Army 10th Mountain Division was deployed in Italy, while the French resistance and Alpine units known as “Chasseur Alpin” were actively fighting in the Alps among other places, and as far north as Namsos and Narvik in Norway, along with the British Special Forces.

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