Appendix 3: D-Day and Battle of Normandy Statistics

D-Day numbers killed:

American 2,499;

British 1,641;

Canadian 359;

Norwegian 37;

French 19;

Australian 13;

New Zealand 2;

Belgian 1;

Allied total 4,571

German 4,000 to 9,000

Battle of Normandy casualties

The exact number of casualties sustained during the Battle of Normandy is not known. The intense and chaotic nature of the battle, the length of time and geographical spread have made it impossible to provide numbers with any sense of precision. However, historians have provided estimated numbers of those killed, wounded or missing:

German: 30,000 killed, and 290,000 wounded or missing.

American: 29,000 killed, and 106,000 wounded or missing.

British: 11,000 killed, and 54,000 wounded or missing.

Canadian: 5,000 killed, and 13,000 wounded or missing.

French: 12,000 civilians killed or missing.

Total: 75,000 military personnel killed, and 463,000 wounded or missing, plus 12,000 civilians killed or missing.

The D-Day armada

On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,115 troops in Normandy:

73,000 American;

61,715 British;

21,400 Canadian.

Number of troops landed per beach:

Utah beach: 23,250

Omaha beach: 34,250

Gold beach: 24,970

Sword beach: 28,845

Juno beach: 21,400

On D-Day, 11,590 aircraft took part. Allied aircraft flew 13,688 sorties, with the loss of 127 aircraft; 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders were used to transport 15,500 US airborne troops and 7,900 British airborne troops across the Channel.

On D-Day, 6,939 Allied ships were included as part of Operation Neptune: 1,213 warships, including seven battleships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels;

24 warships and 35 merchant ships or auxiliaries were sunk, and 120 vessels damaged.

Assigned to Operation Neptune were 170,701 personnel: USA: 52,889; Britain: 112,824; and 4,988 from other Allied countries.

By the end of 11 June (D + 5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed in France via the five Normandy beaches.

(These figures are estimates only and can vary according to sources. The figures for the D-Day armada are taken from the D-Day Museum website.)

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