WHERE THE TERM 'D-DAY' CAME FROM.
Some newspapers reporting news of the landing in 1944 gave the headline "D" for Deliverance day. This meant the deliverance of France from the German oppressor and it stuck.
Others suggest is stood for "Disembarkation".
According to the imperial war museum, it is neither.
Here is the explanation the museum provides on its website at www.iwm.org.uk 'D-Day is a general military term for the day on which an operation or exercise is planned to commence.
'The choice of the letter D has no significance, and any other letter could equally be used. Its only purpose is to provide a point of reference from which all other dates can be reckoned. D - [minus] 1 would be the day before an operation commenced. D + 1 would be the day after D-Day, or the second day of the operation. This allows all aspects of the plan to be worked out in advance, even though the actual date of D-Day might remain to be decided.
'The most famous D-Day was 6 June 1944, the beginning of the Allied invasion of France, although there were numerous others during the Second World War. Similarly, H-Hour is a general military term for the exact time at which an operation or exercise is planned to commence. As with D-Day, the actual choice of letter has no significance. Other designations, such as Zero-hour, can also be used.'
Cliff Guard's medals and below, a landing craft during <Bpractice sessions on Caswell beach